Fighting for Survival: Environmental Decline, Social Conflict and the New Age of Insecurity

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This new book from the Worldwatch Institute sketches the shape of a new balance in security investments—one that de-emphasizes military means and territorial security and accentuates the environmental aspects of security.

Accelerating social, economic, and environmental pressures are now undermining the security of societies around the world, according to security expert Michael Renner. Since the end of the Cold War, a volatile mix of environmental degradation, inequitable ...

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Overview

This new book from the Worldwatch Institute sketches the shape of a new balance in security investments—one that de-emphasizes military means and territorial security and accentuates the environmental aspects of security.

Accelerating social, economic, and environmental pressures are now undermining the security of societies around the world, according to security expert Michael Renner. Since the end of the Cold War, a volatile mix of environmental degradation, inequitable distribution of land and wealth, ethnic antagonisms, and rapid population growth is producing social and political strife, and even causing the wholesale disintegration of countries.

The author argues that true security has less to do with how many tanks or soldiers a country can marshal and more with how well it protects its arable lands and watersheds and how well it manages to meet peoples social and economic needs. Military means are often irrelevant or even counterproductive in this new security equation; they are a depreciating asset. At a time when the United Nations has been devoting a sharply higher share of its resources to peacekeeping, while reducing spending on basic environmental and economic development, this new book provides a wake-up call for policy makers around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393315684
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/17/1996
  • Series: The Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Renner, a senior researcher at Worldwatch, lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Foreword 11
1 The Transformation of Security 17
2 Environmental Stress 35
3 Conflict Over the Environment 52
4 Inequality and Insecurity 76
5 People on the Move 97
6 Vicious Circles: Two Case Studies 114
7 A Human Security Policy 135
8 Enhancing International Peace Capacity 154
9 A Human Security Budget 173
10 A Global Partnership for Human Security? 189
Notes 199
Index 231
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