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Drought, Sustainability and the Law

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Alder, Robert W.
Journal: Sustainability
Volume: 2
Page(s): 2176-2196
Date: 2010
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6468
Sector: Agriculture
Subject(s): agriculture
climate change
global warming
Abstract: "Researchers and responsible officials have made considerable progress in recent years in efforts to anticipate, plan for, and respond to drought. Some of those efforts are beginning to shift from purely reactive, relief-oriented measures to programs designed to prevent or to mitigate drought impacts. Considerably less attention has been given to laws that may affect practices and policies that either increase or decrease drought vulnerability. Water law regimes, drought response and relief legislation, and laws governing broader but related issues of economic policy—especially agricultural policy—should be evaluated more comprehensively to enhance incentives for more 'water sustainable' practices in agriculture and other sectors of the economy. Those changes will be increasingly important if current climate change models are correct in their prediction that many parts of the world can expect more frequent and more severe conditions of meteorological drought in the ensuing decades."

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