Title: Water for an integrative climate paradigm

Authors: Juraj Kohutiar, Michal Kravcik

Addresses: NGO People and Water, 24 Cermelska Road, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia. ' NGO People and Water, 24 Cermelska Road, 040 01 Kosice, Slovakia

Abstract: By the logic of the New Water Paradigm (NWP), it is deforestation, industrial agriculture, and urbanisation that determine climate by draining land, so that more solar energy re-enters the atmosphere as sensible heat, rather than latent heat of evaporation. Human-made |hot plates| lead to irregular precipitation and other climate destabilisation effects, but these can be mitigated through rainwater conservation and re-vegetation. This integrative paradigm combines the management of climate, water, biodiversity, and land, with implications for agriculture, forestry, engineering, urban design and regional planning.

Keywords: hydrology; deforestation; urbanisation; desertification; climate change; land management; water cycle; evapotranspiration; integrative climate paradigm; rainwater conservation; re-vegetation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2010.038725

International Journal of Water, 2010 Vol.5 No.4, pp.298 - 310

Published online: 24 Feb 2011 *

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