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 5: The environmental determinants of human security in the context of climate change

David Simon


Despite their apparently different emphases, these definitions of human security integrate concerns with both the ability to meet short term needs and rights, and longer term capacities and fulfilment. Put differently, human security is about realizing – and having the capacity to realize –one’s potential as an individual and as part of a wider community. This requires the exercise of human agency within broadly enabling societal and environmental contexts for the control of vulnerability and promotion of sustainability (of which the resilience of appropriate elements is one dimension). In keeping with the objectives of this handbook, this chapter focuses on environmental dimensions as one particularly important aspect of those broader human security contexts in relation to the growing challenges of climate change. For this purpose, the broader term environmental change (EC) is actually more appropriate than simply climate change (CC).

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