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Environmental Change and Human Security: Recognizing and Acting on Hazard Impacts

  • P. H. Liotta
  • David A. Mouat
  • William G. Kepner
  • Judith M. Lancaster
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Approaches to Environmental and Human Security

    1. P. H. Liotta
      Pages 1-5
    2. P. H. Liotta, Allan W. Shearer
      Pages 9-33
    3. Taylor Owen
      Pages 35-64
  3. Environmental Challenges: Examples From North Africa, The Balkans, and The Middle East

    1. David A. Mouat, Judith M. Lancaster
      Pages 67-80
    2. Mu'taz Al-Alawi
      Pages 81-102
    3. Nash S. Maliha, Deborah J. Chaloud, William G. Kepner, Samuel Sarri
      Pages 143-165
  4. Human Challenges: Case Studies

    1. Robert J. Lawson, Maciek Hawrylak, Sarah Houghton
      Pages 169-202
    2. Nikolai Bobylev
      Pages 203-216
    3. Steven R. Hearne
      Pages 217-251
    4. Ryerson Christie
      Pages 253-269
    5. Biljana Vankovska, Toni Mileski
      Pages 271-297
  5. Acting on Hazard Impacts: Examples from Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

    1. Colonel Cindy R. Jebb, Colonel Laurel J. Hummel, Lieutenant Colonel Luis Rios, Lieutenant Colonel Madelfia A. Abb
      Pages 341-392
    2. Oleg Udovyk
      Pages 393-405
    3. A. K. Tynybekov, V. M. Lelevkin, J. E. Kulenbekov
      Pages 407-432
    4. Rashid Khaydarov, Renat Khaydarov
      Pages 433-447

About these proceedings


Environmental and Human Security: Then and Now 1 2 ALAN D. HECHT AND P. H. LIOTTA * 1 U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development 2 Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy Salve Regina University 1. Nontraditional Threats to Security The events of September 11, 2001 have sharpened the debate over the meaning of being secure. Before 9/11 there were warnings in all parts of the world that social and environmental changes were occurring. While there was prosperity in North America and Western Europe, there was also increasing recognition that local and global effects of ecosystem degradation posed a serious threat. Trekking from Cairo to Cape Town thirty years after living in Africa as a young teacher, for example, travel writer Paul Theroux concluded that development in sub-Saharan Africa had failed to improve the quality of life for 300 million people: “Africa is materially more decrepit than it was when I first knew it—hungrier, poorer, less educated, more pessimistic, more corrupt, and you can’t tell the politicians from the witch-doctors” (2002). While scholars and historians will debate the causes of 9/11 for some time, one message is clear: An often dizzying array of nontraditional threats and complex vulnerabilities define security today. We must understand them, and deal with them, or suffer the consequences. Environmental security has always required att- tion to nontraditional threats linked closely with social and economic well-being.


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Editors and affiliations

  • P. H. Liotta
    • 1
  • David A. Mouat
    • 2
  • William G. Kepner
    • 3
  • Judith M. Lancaster
    • 2
  1. 1.Pell Center for International Relations and Public PolicySalve Regina UniversityNewportUSA
  2. 2.Division of Earth and Ecosystem SciencesDesert Research InstituteRenoUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and DevelopmentLas VegasUSA

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