Handbook of Biology and Politics
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Handbook of Biology and Politics

Edited by Steven A. Peterson and Albert Somit

The study of biology and politics (or biopolitics) has gained considerable currency in recent years, as articles on the subject have appeared in mainstream journals and books on the subject have been well received. The literature has increased greatly since the 1960s and 1970s, when this specialization first made an appearance. This volume assesses the contributions of biology to political science. Chapters focus on general biological approaches to politics, biopolitical contributions to mainstream areas within political science, and linkages between biology and public policy. The volume provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the subject.
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Chapter 24: Climate change and environmental security: implications for national and homeland security

Kent Hughes Butts


Environmental security has become an important focus of those studying homeland security and national defense. Key biological systems of interest include croplands, forests, grasslands, oceans and fresh waterways. Problems with these systems in countries can create the basis for instability and conflict. With this background in mind, climate change has the potential to exacerbate instability and violence if no action is taken. The chapter outlines the linkages between climate change, on the one hand, and national and homeland security, on the other. The chapter concludes with a series of policy suggestions.

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