Environmental Security Approaches and Issues
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/30/2013
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
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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|List of contributors|
|List of abbreviations|
|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|