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 15: Climate change and human security: the international governance architectures, policies and instruments

Michael Mason


Other chapters in this volume set out the multiple threats posed by climate change to human security. Without restating these claims here, it is nevertheless useful to remind ourselves that a prominent theme concern show human security framings recast the idea of climate change as a development-oriented rather than environmental challenge. According to this approach, the dangers of climate change reside less in the incidence and magnitude of (predicted) biophysical events than in their apprehension as threats to human well-being, particularly for the poor and disadvantaged. The human security lens invites us to view climate change in a people-centred way, admitting it as only one of a number of conditions of life which may in practice jeopardize opportunities for safe, dignified and inclusive human development. What can be readily acknowledged is that there are diverse trajectories of climate-related influence on human lives and livelihoods, though it is the severe stress on vulnerable peoples attributed to present and future climate change that has justified its ‘human securitization’.

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