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Edited by Michael R. Redclift and Marco Grasso
Throughout human history individuals and societies have been threatened by environmental change. Nowadays these risks are magnified: there is, in fact, widespread evidence that climate change is increasingly bringing about dramatic impacts on natural and social systems (IPCC 2007) and is seriously endangering the human security of most of the world’s population. (Part III of this Handbook examines the repercussions of climate change for human security in some of the world’s most sensitive regions.) The earth sciences make it clear that we are in the Anthropocene (Crutzen 2002) and that humankind is living in the age of climate change, a global and complex phenomenon that could undermine the stability of natural and social systems and ultimately affect human security (see Scheffran and Remling, this volume). Therefore, in introducing this Handbook, we first need to briefly situate both historically and culturally the relationship between human security and climate change.