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Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security

Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security

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Edited by Michael R. Redclift and Marco Grasso

The Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security is a landmark publication which links the complexities of climate change to the wellbeing and resilience of human populations. It is written in an engaging and accessible way but also conveys the state of the art on both climate change research and work into human security, utilizing both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. Organized around thematic sections, each chapter is written by an acknowledged expert in the field, and discusses the key concepts and evidence base for our current policy choices, and the dilemmas of international policy in the field. The Handbook is unique in containing sophisticated ethical and moral questions as well as new information and data from different geographical regions. It is a timely volume that makes the case for acting wisely now to avert impending crises and global environmental problems.

Chapter 6: The social dimensions of human security under a changing climate

Jürgen Scheffran and Elise Remling

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental geography, environmental politics and policy, environmental sociology, politics and public policy, environmental politics and policy

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Anthropogenic climate change is a complex and cross-cutting issue potentially affecting all aspects of human life. Climate-related phenomena such as extreme weather events and natural disasters or gradual change of environmental conditions, can create multiple stresses on people in many regions of the world. This will most likely add to prevailing problems such as population growth or competition on natural resources which are vital for human wellbeing and security. As a result, global warming could undermine human development and the stability of social systems that support human needs, including water, food, health and energy services, agriculture, land use and urban infrastructure. In spite of being a global phenomenon, the consequences of climate change on people’s lives are specific for each region. The impacts on human security depend on the vulnerability of individuals, communities and countries, their adaptive capacities and actual responses which are shaped by the specific economic, social and political contexts of each region.

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