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Water for an integrative climate paradigm

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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.

Keywords: hydrology, deforestation, urbanisation, desertification, climate change, land management, water cycle, evapotranspiration, integrative climate paradigm, rainwater conservation, re-vegetation

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