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The literature compiled in this four-volume collection explores the real and potential linkages between environmental change and security. Early formulations of environmental security date to antiquity, whilst contemporary formulations of environment-conflict-peace linkages grew in part from the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The ensuing flood of academic enquiry has been diverse and extensive, and the objective of this major work is to organize this important but polysemous literature in order to provide a comprehensive, historically rich and global overview of its key concepts, findings, contributors and methodologies.

Volume One: Historical Context: Early Writings on Environment and Security

Volume Two: Environmental Change, National Security and the Conflict Cycle

Volume Three: Rethinking Security in Response to Environmental Change

Volume Four: The Security Implications of Climate Change

Editor's Introduction: Environmental Security
RichardA.Matthew

While the planet has experienced many periods of turbulence and transformation during its four billion-year history, we now live in a time that has no precedent, a time in which human behavior is altering the planet's core ecological systems – water, climate, energy, food and evolution – in significant, measurable ways. Biodiversity is declining, plastic is entering the food chain and becoming part of the earth's crust, the planet is warming and ice sheets are melting. Many observers now speak of a new epoch in the planet's history, the Anthropocene. An ironic feature of this new epoch is that the environmental impact of human behavior, which is generally motivated by a desire to enhance human welfare, is placing the fate of ...

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