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Too Hot to Handle: Climate Change and Agricultural Water Use

International Journal of Rural Law and Policy (Special Edition - Water Law: Through the Lens of Conflict), 2011

UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2011-13

10 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2011  

Denise Fort

University of New Mexico School of Law

Date Written: November 16, 2011

Abstract

The world faces enormous challenges in responding to looming crises in food and water. Responding to this challenge will require flexibility; such flexibility may be impeded by legal institutions.

This paper looks at the western United States and discusses the role of irrigated agriculture in that region. Because of climate change, a growing population, declining groundwater, the need to protect ecosystems and other conflicts, the author suggests that all water uses, including long-standing agricultural water rights, need to be examined in light of these changes. Legal systems have tended to serve the status quo, but perhaps the law can help facilitate this re-examination.

Suggested Citation

Fort, Denise, Too Hot to Handle: Climate Change and Agricultural Water Use (November 16, 2011). International Journal of Rural Law and Policy (Special Edition - Water Law: Through the Lens of Conflict), 2011 ; UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2011-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1960738

Denise Fort (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico School of Law ( email )

1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

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