Environmental Security Approaches and Issues

ISBN-10: 0415539005

ISBN-13: 9780415539005

Edition: 2013

Authors: Rita Floyd, Richard Matthew

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Economic development, population growth and poor resource management have combined to alter the planet’s natural environment in dramatic and alarming ways. The field of environmental security has matured in response to improved scientific understanding of the causes and trends of global environmental change. It investigates a set of questions that may be the most important questions of the twenty-first century. Under what conditions do various forms of environmental change cause or contribute to security challenges such as violent conflict, humanitarian crisis, population displacement, and state failure? What can be done to reduce the frequency and intensity of such outcomes? What are the risks of exploring environmental change from a security perspective? Research conducted in the past two decades has grappled with this core set of questions in a variety of ways, generating findings and hypotheses that have stimulated considerable intellectual and policy activity. This volume takes stock of the research, and organizes it into a framework, described in the first chapter of the volume, that clarifies its achievements as well as identifies its weaknesses and gaps. This is followed by seven chapters representing the various ways in which environmental change and security have been linked, and including the principal critiques of this linkage. A third section explores six key issue areas: water, population, development, food, energy and climate change. The book concludes with a chapter on the future of environmental security.Bringing together established and emerging scholars from all of the major areas of inquiry that might be grouped under the heading environmental security, this volume provides an overview of the field for both students and practitioners, and a platform for the next wave of research and policy activity. In spite of many articles and books published over the past twenty years, there is no single volume that provides a comprehensive overview of the field. The proposed volume fills this gap, and will be adopted in undergraduate and graduate courses in both international relations and environmental studies.   
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List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Rita Floyd is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, and Fellow of the Institute for Environmental Security.

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Environmental security studies: an introduction
Analyst, theory and security: a new framework for understanding environmental security studies
The evolution of qualitative environment-conflict research: moving towards consensus
Environmental security and the resource curse
A political ecology of environmental security
From conflict to cooperation? Environmental cooperation as a tool for peace-building
Environmental dimensions of human security
Ecological security: a conceptual framework
Gender and environmental security
Understanding water security
Conservation, science and peace-building in southeastern Europe
Population and national security
Environmental security and sustainable development
Ensuring food security: meeting challenges from malnutrition, food safety, and global environmental change
Challenging inequality and injustice: a critical approach to energy security
Climate change and security
Whither environmental security studies? An afterword
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