The environmental security debate and its significance for climate change
Floyd, Rita. (2008) The environmental security debate and its significance for climate change. International Spectator, Vol.43 (No.3). pp. 51-65. ISSN 0393-2729
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03932720802280602
Policymakers, military strategists and academics all increasingly hail climate change as a security issue. This article revisits the (comparatively) long-standing “environmental security debate” and asks what lessons that earlier debate holds for the push towards making climate change a security issue. Two important claims are made. First, the emerging climate security debate is in many ways a re-run of the earlier dispute. It features many of the same proponents and many of the same disagreements. These disagreements concern, amongst other things, the nature of the threat, the referent object of security and the appropriate policy responses. Second, given its many different interpretations, from an environmentalist perspective, securitisation of the climate is not necessarily a positive development.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JZ International relations|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Security, International, Climatic changes, Environmentalism -- Political aspects, Environmental policy|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Spectator|
|Official Date:||September 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 51-65|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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