Climate Change and Security: A Gathering Storm of Global Challenges

Climate Change and Security: A Gathering Storm of Global Challenges

Climate Change and Security: A Gathering Storm of Global Challenges

Climate Change and Security: A Gathering Storm of Global Challenges

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An abused girl struggles through life wandering, trying to locate the one person she never knew... herself Journey with me as I share true events that has occurred in my life to finally come to a place of getting to know me.... more importantly God who introduces the broken me to the Me that HE created

Excerpt

Our key focus in the Praeger Security and the Environment series is to explore the interstices between environmental, geopolitical, and security impacts in the twenty-first century. To those intimately involved with these issues, their immediacy and importance are obvious. What is not obvious to many—including those involved in making decisions that affect our collective future—is how these three critical issues are in constant conflict and frequently clash. Today, more than ever before in history, intersecting environmental, political, and security issues impact our lives and the lives of those who are to come.

In examining the complex interdependence of these three impact effects, the study of security, geopolitical, and environmental issues should recognize several distinct and pragmatic truths: One, international organizations today are established for and focus best on security issues. Thus, although it remains difficult to address environmental threats, challenges, and vulnerabilities for these organizations, it makes imminently better sense to reform what we have rather than constantly invent the “new” organization that may be no better equipped to handle current and future challenges. Secondly, the introduction of new protocols must continue to be created, worked into signature, and managed under the leadership of states through international organizations and cooperative regimes. Finally, and incorporating the reality of these previous truths, we should honestly recognize that environmental challenges can best be presented in terms that relate to security issues. To that end, it is sensible to depict environmental challenges in language that is understandable to decision makers most familiar with security impacts and issues.

There is benefit and danger in this approach, of course. Not all security issues involve direct threats; some security issues, as with some political processes, are far more nuanced, more subtle, and less clearly evident. I would argue further—as I have been arguing for several decades now—that . . .

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