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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 7: Vulnerability does not just fall from the sky: toward multi-scale pro-poor climate policy

Jesse Ribot

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

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Sea level off of New York has risen 20 centimeters this century and when Sandy struck the US East Coast in October 2012 it wreaked expectable but unexpected havoc. Sandy showed that under a changing climate the rich could lose their houses and the poor their lives and livelihoods. Sandy brought global climate change home in a way that the remaining deniers just look stupid and the believers look complacent. It put the state in gear defending past actions – dune and seawall construction, tunnel flood gates – and proposing aid to facilitate recovery. Few are asking why God did this. President Obama did not proclaim “but for the grace of God, there we go”, as he had for the 2010 Haiti quake (Wood, New York Times, 23 January 2010). Sandy was also not seen as natural. People are viewing Sandy as an anthropogenic superstorm (Kaplan, New York Times, 3 December 2012). People are asking “who did what when” and “why did this happen” People seek to understand cause of risk, its failure to be regulated, and then to attribute blame (Lipton and Moss, New York Times, 10 December 2012; Preston, Fink and Powell, New York Times, 3 December 2012).

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