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    DescriptionWithout resolute counteraction, climate change will overstretch many societies' adaptive capacities within the coming decades. This could result in destabilization and violence, jeopardizing national and international security to a new degree. However, climate change could also unite the international community. This is provided that we recognize climate change as a threat to humankind and so set the course for adopting a dynamic and globally coordinated climate policy. If we fail to do so, climate change will draw ever-deeper lines of division and conflict in international relations, triggering numerous conflicts between and within countries over the distribution of resources - especially water and land, and over the management of migration, or over compensation payments between the countries mainly responsible for climate change and those countries most affected by its destructive effects. With Climate Change as a Security Risk, WBGU has compiled a flagship report on an issue that quite rightly is rising rapidly up the international political agenda. The authors pull no punches on the likelihood of increasing tensions and conflicts in a climatically constrained world and spotlight places where possible conflicts may flare up in the 21st century unless climate change is checked. The report makes it clear that climate policy is preventative security policy.


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    Title
    Climate Change as a Security Risk
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, By (author) et al., By (author) German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 190 mm
    Height: 270 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 842 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844077618
    ISBN 10: 1844077616
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ENV
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.3
    BIC subject category V2: RNT
    DC22: 363.73874
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27610
    B&T General Subject: 650
    BIC subject category V2: RNPG
    BISAC V2.8: POL012000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HC
    BISAC V2.8: POL044000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 363.73874526
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 333.95160943
    Thema V1.0: RNT, RNPG
    Illustrations note
    Colour figures, tables, boxes, index
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Earthscan Ltd
    Publication date
    30 June 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Authors include Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (head of the Potsdam Institute on Climate Change and advisor to Chancellor Angela Merkel), Margareta Kulesa, Renate Schubert, Stefan Rahmstorf (all contributing authors to the IPCC) and other leading experts.
    Review quote
    'A flagship report [that] makes it clear that climate policy is preventative security policy.' Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) 'With Climate Change as a Security Risk, WBGU has compiled a flagship report on an issue that quite rightly is rising rapidly up the international political agenda. The authors pull no punches on the likelihood of increasing tensions and conflicts in a climatically constrained world and spotlight places where possible conflicts may flare up in the 21st century unless climate change is checked. The report makes it clear that climate policy is preventative security policy.' Achim Steiner UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Table of contents
    Introduction Environmental Change in Security Discourse Known Conflict Impacts of Environmental Change Rising Conflict Risks due to State Fragility and a Changing World Order Impacts of Climate Change on the Biosphere and Human Society Conflict Constellations Hotspots of Climate Change: Selected Regions Climate Change as a Driver of Social Destabilization and Threat to International Security Research Recommendations Recommendations for Action