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category: Nature
published: Nov 2015
ISBN:9781771601436
publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

The Climate Nexus

Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World

by Dr. Jon O'Riordan & Robert William Sandford

tagged: environmental conservation & protection, environmental policy, hydrology
Description

Secure supplies of water, food and energy are essential to human dignity and well-being around the globe. In turn, the vitality of these three depends on a thriving biodiversity supported by healthy ecosystems. The complex interdependence among these four factors is known as the Nexus.

Global demand for the first three elements is increasing due to population growth and rising per capita incomes in developing countries, with steadily worsening consequences for the fourth of these elements.

The four Nexus elements are also coming under increasing pressure from climate disruption: more frequent and severe flooding and storms, droughts, extreme heat, and pest outbreaks. What’s more, Nature’s capacity to moderate these impacts is being steadily eroded by rapid, widespread land-use development and associated pollution.

This impending “perfect storm” of increasing demand, decreasing supplies and rapidly changing hydro-climatic conditions throughout the Nexus requires transformative policy responses that encompass economy, equity, social justice, fairness and the environment.

This book outlines these challenges and offers a pathway to resolving them.

About the Authors

Dr. Jon O'Riordan

Dr. Jon O’Riordan is a senior policy and research adviser to ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University. He has formerly served as deputy minister of sustainable resource management and as assistant deputy minister of environment in the British Columbia government.


Robert William Sandford is a world-renowned and respected authority on freshwater issues as they relate to climate change and disruption. In 2011 he was invited to be an adviser on water issues by the InterAction Council, a global public-policy think tank composed of more than 20 former national leaders, including Jean Chrétien, Bill Clinton and Vicente Fox. He is the author of some 20 books on the history and ecology of the Canadian mountain West, including Water, Weather and the Mountain West (RMB, 2007), Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World's Water Woes (RMB, 2009), Ethical Water: Learning To Value What Matters Most (RMB, 2011) and Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Fresh Water (RMB, 2013). He lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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