Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security
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Handbook on Climate Change and Human Security

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.
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Chapter 11: Climate change and human security in the Arctic

Mark Nuttall


It is no longer the case that climate change can be viewed as an environmental issue to be researched, discussed and potentially managed without consideration of the human dimensions. Indeed, the scientific consensus that climate change (as opposed to climate variability) is anthropogenic in its origins draws attention not only to its underlying human causes but to its social, cultural and economic impacts and consequences. This underscores the reality that climate change is a fundamentally human issue. This opening statement may seem obvious, given what we know about, how we respond to, and how we anticipate the impacts of climate change on societies across the world. However, the study of climate change is still often considered the prerogative of the physical and natural sciences and, to some extent, is still dominated by work on climate scenarios and global circulation models, with social scientists called upon by scientists and policy-makers to explain and justify exactly what they have to contribute to their refinement.

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