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Chapter 60: A Water Perspective on the Water–Energy–Food Nexus

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A Water Perspective on the Water–Energy–Food Nexus
A Water Perspective on the Water–Energy–Food Nexus
Carole Dalin
Introduction

Water resources are essential to sustain human life, livelihoods and natural ecosystems on our planet. Water crucially links all sectors of human activity to each other and with the natural environment. Indeed, the provision of basic services, such as food, energy and sanitation, can be harmful to the environment if relying on improper water use; conversely, inadequate water-related environmental conditions (e.g. drought or flood) can hinder the provision of these basic services. In addition, agriculture, industry and cities rely on inputs and outputs from each other, and compete for increasingly pressured water resources, due to socio-economic and population growth and climate change. Water is thus a key, cross-cutting component of ...

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