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Chapter 1: Climate change as an issue of human security
Human security has become a major concern in international politics over the last couple of decades and a matter for extensive academic analysis and policy prescription too. Given the recent rising salience of discussions of the disruptions caused by climate change, linking the two themes is an obvious way of thinking about vulnerabilities and policy prescriptions for the future. But as this chapter and others in this section of the Handbook make clear, linking human security and climate change is not an easy matter once one gets past the obvious invocation of general dangers due to large-scale environmental disruption (Webersik 2010). In part this is because of the uncertainties about precisely how climate change is manifesting itself in particular places. Some of the discussion is necessarily speculative, but the difficulty is also linked directly to the multiple dimensions of what is included under the rubric of human security. The specific forms of political and economic arrangements that facilitate human security are also part of the puzzle, and human security itself cannot be simply taken for granted uncritically as a universal norm without thinking through how it is to be provided and by whom.
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