Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures

Environmental Change and Globalization: Double Exposures

by Robin Leichenko, Karen O'Brien
     
 


This book explores the connections between two of the most transformative processes of the twenty-first century, namely climate change and globalization. In this book, Leichenko and O'Brien present a conceptual framework for analyzing the interactions between these two processes, and illustrate, through case studies, how these interactions create situations of… See more details below

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This book explores the connections between two of the most transformative processes of the twenty-first century, namely climate change and globalization. In this book, Leichenko and O'Brien present a conceptual framework for analyzing the interactions between these two processes, and illustrate, through case studies, how these interactions create situations of "double exposure."

Drawing upon prominent recent and current climate-related events -- Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, recurring droughts in India, and the melting of Arctic sea ice -- the case studies each demonstrate a different pathway of interaction between globalization and global environmental change. Through exploration of these pathways of double exposure, the book also shows how broader human security concerns including growing inequalities, growing vulnerabilities, and unsustainable rates of development are integrally connected to both processes of global change. The double exposure framework not only sheds light on the challenges raised by these two global processes, but also reveals possibilities for using the interactions to generate positive opportunities for action.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195177329
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,339,238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Robin Leichenko is Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Geography at Rutgers. Leichenko received a Ph.D. in Geography (1997) and an M.A. in Economics (1995) from Penn State University. Leichenko's research explores the social and economic effects of global change processes in cities and regions throughout the world. Leichenko has published numerous scientific articles on globalization and global environmental change.
Karen O'Brien is a professor of human geography at the University of Oslo, and Chair of the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) project of the IHDP. Her research focuses on climate change vulnerability and adaptation, and implications for human security. She was a lead author on the IPCC Fourth Assessment Working Group II Report on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3

2 Global Change Discourses 13

3 Double Exposure: A Conceptual Framework 28

4 Pathways of Double Exposure 42

5 Uneven Outcomes and Growing Inequalities 57

6 Changing Contexts and Emerging Vulnerabilities 74

7 Dynamic Feedbacks and Accelerating Changes 91

8 Human Security in an Era of Global Change 104

Notes 114

References 122

Index 157

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