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The Challenges of Climate Change for Nonviolence

  • Baruti B. AmisiEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the causes and consequences of climate change-induced conflicts and violence. The chapter argues that climate change does not cause armed conflicts per se, although tensions may rise in the face of water and food scarcities. In respect of climate-induced population movements, it explains that the effects are felt differently in the origin, transit and destination countries. There is currently no legal framework which recognises environmental refugees and consequently there is no legal obligation to accept refugees who are displaced by climate change. Existing conflict management and resolution infrastructures need to be strengthened, food security. Three further adaptions are recommended – managing agricultural water more effectively, developing responses in agriculture to ongoing water shortages and limiting population growth.

Keywords

Climate change Conflict Refugees Water Agriculture Population growth 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Durban Unversity of TechnologyDurbanSouth Africa

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