Experts discuss the risks global environmental change poses for the
human security, including disaster and disease, violence, and
increasing inequity. 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. Contributors W.
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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