Climate Change and Energy Insecurity: The Challenge for Peace, Security and Development

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Climate change is now recognized as one of the greatest challenges facing the international community and, when coupled with energy production and use - the most significant contributor to climate change - and the related security problems, the double threat to international security and human development is of the highest order. This wide-ranging book brings together leading thinkers from academia, government and civil society to examine and address the global insecurity and development challenges arising from ...

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Overview

Climate change is now recognized as one of the greatest challenges facing the international community and, when coupled with energy production and use - the most significant contributor to climate change - and the related security problems, the double threat to international security and human development is of the highest order. This wide-ranging book brings together leading thinkers from academia, government and civil society to examine and address the global insecurity and development challenges arising from the twin thrust of climate change and the energy supply crunch. It is essential reading for students, researchers and professionals across international relations, security, climate change and the energy sectors.

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'We must treat climate as a security issue, the most important threat to global security we will ever face. Energy is at the heart of this transition. Climate security and energy security are two sides of the same coin: one cannot be achieved without the other. This book is an important contribution to exploring this vital part of the environmental security agenda.'Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the Rio and Stockholm UN Conferences

'Climate and energy are two of the most urgent and formidable issues of our times. This seminal text comprehensively details our challenges and explains the ways in which they are inextricably linked to human rights and environmental stewardship.' – P. Simran Sethi, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communcations, University of Kansas and Founding Writer/ Co-Host of Sundance Channel's environmental programming 'The Green'

'Should the massive stimulus packages mobilized by governments manage to revive somewhat the financial flows within and between countries, it would be quite disastrous for those who control the global economy to assume that business can simply limp back to its old ways. Even if the financial crisis were to be resolved so easily, the other crises - growing poverty, changing climate, depleting resources, vanishing species and peaking energy among them - will throw up another, redoubled financial crisis soon enough. The destruction of our land and ocean ecosystems over the past century with all its consequences for the energy, water and livelihood security of the world's people can only be halted if we understand and deal with the deeper, underlying systemic issues - which are the subject of this extremely important and timely book.'Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives and President, IUCN and the Club of Rome

'There are many important chapters that make this an important book and one that should be used by those who teach in these issues and read by those who are responsible for addressing the challenges of peace, security and development' – Michael Bradshaw, University of Leicester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844078561
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Felix Dodds is the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. He has been active at the UN since 1990 attending the World Summits Rio, Habitat II, Rio+5, Beijing+5, Copenhagen+5, World Summit on Sustainable Development, World Summit 2005. He has also been to all the UN Commissions for Sustainable Development and UNEP Governing Council.

Andrew Higham is a leading Australian advisor in sustainability, climate change, marine and water policy. He co-authored the Western Australian State Sustainability Strategy and 1998 State of the Environment Report, and has led or contributed to a wide range of Government policies, strategies, taskforces and reports.

Richard Sherman serves as the Programme Manager for IISD RS's Africa Regional Coverage Project. He was a former team leader and writer from 2002-2005. In addition, Richard works as a consultant to Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism with a particular focus on institutional reform and global governance.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes viii

List of Contributors x

Foreword Achim Steiner xxii

Preface: Tomorrow Is Today Felix Dodds Andrew Higham Richard Sherman xxiv

List of Acronyms, Abbreviations and Other Special Terms xxviii

Part I Energy Insecurity: Challenges to Future Energy Stability

1 The Challenge of Climate Change from a Developing Country Marthinhus van Schalkwyk 1

2 Energy Consumption Challenge of the Industrialized World: An Overview of German Climate Policy Sigmar Gabriel 9

3 Oil: How Can Europe Kick the Habit of Dependence? Derek Osborn 18

4 The Nuclear Option Elizabeth Dowdeswell 25

5 Bioenergy: Neither Golden Solution nor Prescription for Disaster J?rgen Maier 35

6 Localized Energy Conflicts in the Oil Sector Nnimmo Bassey 46

Part II Climate Insecurity: A Challenge to Peace, Security and Development

7 Creating a Climate of Security: The Latest Science and Acceptable Risk Andrew Higham 61

8 Climate of Fear: Environment, Migration and Security Devyani Gupta 71

9 Changing Economics Nicholas Stern 80

10 Water Scenarios: 'The Unpredictable Flow' Johan Kuylenstierna Michael Moore Dave Trouba 92

11 Handling or not Handling the Food Crisis Jacques Diouf 105

12 Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss: The Great New Threats to Peace, Security and Development Ahmed Djoghlaf 110

13 Climate Change: A New Threat to Middle East Security Gidon Bromberg Ladeene Freimuth Nader al Khateeb Munqeth Mehyar 116

14 At the Water's Edge: Climate Justice, Small Islands and Sustainable Development Ambassador Stuart Beck Michael K. Dorsey 127

Part III Governing Climate and Energy Instability: Avenues for Preventative Diplomacy

15 Climate Risks and Insecurities Melinda Kimble 141

16 A Multilateral System for Climate and Energy Security: What Roles for Existing Institutions? Felix Dodds Richard Sherman 152

17 Who Decides? The Role of the United Nations and Security Council in Addressing Climate and Energy Insecurity Chris Spence 170

18 Financing the Low-Carbon Transition in Developing Countries: The Role of Multilateral Development Banks Barbara J. Bramble 178

19 European Union Response to the Challenge Stavros Dimas 193

20 Sub-National Climate Change Action Model for the World Linda Adams Steve Howard 198

21 A Green New Deal: Poverty Reduction and Economic Stability in a Carbon-Constrained World Andrew Simms 208

22 Energy, Climate Change and Human Security: The Trade Union Challenge Winston Gereluk Lucien Royer 219

23 What is a Credible Corporate Response to Climate Change? Craig Bennett 231

24 Taking Action: Financing a Climate Change Technology Revolution Andrew Higham 246

Index 270

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