‘After us, the desert and the deluge?’

Authors: Michal Kravčík, Juraj Kohutiar, Michal Gazovic, Martin Kovac, Miroslav Hrib, Pavol Suty, Dana Kravcikova - ENGLISH/SlOVAK - 2012 - 232 pgs.

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.