In recent years, scholars in international relations and other
fields have begun to conceive of security more broadly, moving away
from a state-centered concept of national security toward the idea
of human security, which emphasizes the individual and human
well-being. Viewing global environmental change through the lens of
human security connects such problems as melting ice caps and
carbon emissions to poverty, vulnerability, equity, and conflict.
This book examines the complex social, health, and economic
consequences of environmental change across the globe. In chapters
that are both academically rigorous and policy relevant, the book
discusses the connections of global environmental change to urban
poverty, natural disasters (with a case study of Hurricane
Katrina), violent conflict (with a study of the decade-long
Nepalese civil war), population, gender, and development. The book
makes clear the inadequacy of traditional understandings of
security and shows how global environmental change is raising new,
unavoidable questions of human insecurity, conflict, cooperation,
and sustainable development. ContributorsW. Neil Adger, Jennifer
Bailey, Jon Barnett, Victoria Basolo, Hans Georg Bohle, Mike
Brklacich, May Chazan, Chris Cocklin, Geoffrey D. Dabelko, Indra de
Soysa, Heather Goldsworthy, Betsy Hartmann, Robin M. Leichenko,
Laura Little, Alexander Lopez, Richard A. Matthew, Bryan McDonald,
Eric Neumayer, Kwasi Nsiah-Gyabaah, Karen L. O'Brien, Marvin S.
Soroos, Bishnu Raj Upreti"
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