An Environmental Security Dimension of Global Climate Change
Two major converging trends have recently appeared: (1) the notion of security has acquired a specific orientation such as food security, humanitarian security, economic security, and environmental security; and (2) natural resources, including climate, are now considered to be part of the broader notion of the environment. The resulting uneven local and regional impacts of global environmental changes such as climate variability on countries and people or on their access to environmental resources has increasingly contributed to tensions within states as well as between them. Furthermore, the fact that the property rights to what have been called common property resources (e.g., the atmosphere, outer space, the high seas, etc.) remain unclear, exacerbates interstate tension.
KeywordsNational Security Environmental Resource Global Environmental Change Environmental Threat Environmental Security
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