Climate change and its consequences are increasingly becoming a focus of security and conflict research. In the new book "Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict", scientists from all over the world show how climate change is threatening the interaction between nature and society.
The authors believe that there are various conflict flashpoints. The most important are water shortage, famine and weather extremes. More and more people are being exposed to the risks of climate change and sometimes have to leave their home, because there is no water and food – or to escape violent conflicts about these vital resources. Particularly in the hotspots of Africa and the Middle East, parts of Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Region, there are security risks that could also be mutually reinforcing.
The book brings together contributions by 61 authors from 21 countries and all continents. It primarily deals with the question of how much climate change and resource scarcity affect social stability and cause violent conflicts. Furthermore, the book provides constructive approaches to achieve more "climate security".
The participating scientists make it clear: Climate change affects people and societies with possible effects on international security structures. The industrial nations, as the main cause of climate change, are responsible for preventing and managing problems in the affected countries.
Climate Change, Human Security and Violent Conflict - Challenges for Societal Stability
J. Scheffran, M. Brzoska, H. G. Brauch, P. M. Link, J. Schilling
Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, Vol. 8
Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Mai 2012
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