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Climate Change and Freshwater Resources


Noah D. Hall


Wayne State University Law School

Bret B. Stuntz


Independent

Robert Haskell Abrams


Florida A&M University - College of Law


Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 22, p. 30, Winter 2008
Wayne State University Law School Research Paper No. 07-44

Abstract:     
The Earth's climate is warming. This is the unequivocal conclusion of climate scientists. Despite the complexities of climatology, certain consistent trends emerge with implications for water availability: as the world gets warmer, it will experience increased regional variability in precipitation, with more frequent heavy precipitation events and more susceptibility to drought. These simple facts will have a profound impact on freshwater resources throughout the United States, as the warmer climate will reduce available water supplies and increase water demand. Unfortunately, current water law and policy are not up to the new challenges of climate change and resulting pressures on freshwater resources. To adapt to climate change, water law and policy will need to embrace fundamental reforms that emphasize water conservation and more efficient and environmentally-sound allocation at the local, regional, and national scales.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: climate change, water, water law, freshwater, water policy, drought

JEL Classification: K32, Q15, Q25

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Date posted: November 5, 2007 ; Last revised: December 1, 2013

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Hall, Noah D. and Stuntz, Bret B. and Abrams, Robert Haskell, Climate Change and Freshwater Resources. Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 22, p. 30, Winter 2008; Wayne State University Law School Research Paper No. 07-44. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1026621

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Noah D. Hall (Contact Author)
Wayne State University Law School ( email )
471 Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
United States
Bret B. Stuntz
Independent ( email )
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Robert Haskell Abrams
Florida A&M University - College of Law ( email )
201 Beggs Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801
United States
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