Global insights into water resources, climate change and governance

Quentin Grafton, Jamie Pittock, Richard Davis, John Williams, Guobin Fu, Michele Warburton, Bradley Udall, Ronnie McKenzie, Xiubo Yu, Nhu Che, Daniel Connell, Qiang Jiang, Thomas Kompas, Amanda Lynch, Richard Norris, Hugh P Possingham, John Quiggin

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    The threats of climate change and the trade-offs between extractions and flows are examined for the Colorado, the Murray, the Orange and the Yellow Rivers. In all four basins, and over a long period of time, outflows have greatly reduced as a direct result of increased water extractions. Although climate change will aggravate hydrological impacts on river systems, currently high levels of water extractions remain the principal contributor to reduced system flows. Changes in governance, including sharing the variability between the environment and consumers, are urgently required if the health of these rivers is to be maintained.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWater: Security, Economics and Governance
    Editors R. Quentin Grafton, Jamie Pittock, Maree Tait & Chris White
    Place of PublicationPrahan Victoria, Australia
    PublisherTilde Publishing and Distribution
    ISBN (Print)9780734611413
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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