The Climate Nexus

Secure supplies of water, food and energy are essential to human dignity and well-being around the globe. In turn, the vitality of these three depends on a thriving biodiversity supported by healthy ecosystems. The complex interdependence among these four factors is known as the Nexus.

Global demand for the first three elements is increasing due to population growth and rising per capita incomes in developing countries, with steadily worsening consequences for the fourth of these elements.

The four Nexus elements are also coming under increasing pressure from climate disruption: more frequent and severe flooding and storms, droughts, extreme heat, and pest outbreaks. What’s more, Nature’s capacity to moderate these impacts is being steadily eroded by rapid, widespread land-use development and associated pollution.

This impending “perfect storm” of increasing demand, decreasing supplies and rapidly changing hydro-climatic conditions throughout the Nexus requires transformative policy responses that encompass economy, equity, social justice, fairness and the environment.

This book outlines these challenges and offers a pathway to resolving them.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
The Climate Nexus 1
Contents 7
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction: The Age of Consequences 11
One: Nervousness at the Nexus: Tensions at the Centre Where All Things Meet 23
Two: Warnings Repeated: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Nexus Narrative 45
Three: Bringing It Home: The Nexus Narrative in Canada 77
Four: If We Fail: Truth and Consequences at the Nexus of Environment and Economy 113
Five: The Ultimate Nexus: The World We Want 127
Postscript 155
Bookshelf 157
Other Titles in this Series 164