- List of Contributors
- Climate Change and Society: Approaches and Responses
- A Truly Complex and Diabolical Policy Problem
- The Nature of the Problem
- The Poverty of Climate Economics
- The Development of the Concept of Dangerous Anthropogenic Climate Change
- Voices of Vulnerability: The Reconfiguration of Policy Discourses
- The Physical Sciences and Climate Politics
- Cosmopolitan Knowledge: Climate Science and Global Civic Epistemology
- Organized Climate Change Denial
- Communicating Climate Change: Closing the Science‐Action Gap
- Economic Estimates of the Damages Caused by Climate Change
- Weighing Climate Futures: A Critical Review of the Application of Economic Valuation
- Global Change Vulnerability Assessments: Definitions, Challenges, and Opportunities
- Health Hazards
- Indigenous Peoples and Cultural Losses
- Climate Change and ‘Security’
- Human Security
- Climate Refugees and Security: Conceptualizations, Categories, and Contestations
- From Efficiency to Justice: Utility as the Informational Basis of Climate Strategies, and Some Alternatives
- Climate Justice
- International Justice
- Intergenerational Justice
- Public Opinion and Participation
- Social Movements and Global Civil Society
- Translocal Climate Justice Solidarities
- Climate Denial: Emotion, Psychology, Culture, and Political Economy
- The Role of Religions in Activism
- Comparing State Responses
- Climate Change Politics in an Authoritarian State: The Ambivalent Case of China
- Cities and Subnational Governments
- Issues of Scale in Climate Governance
- Decarbonizing the Welfare State
- Discourses of the Global South
- Economic Policy Instruments for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Policy Instruments in Practice
- Carbon Trading: A Critique
- Redesigning Energy Systems
- Corporate Responses
- Is Green Consumption Part of the Solution?
- Selling Carbon: From International Climate Regime to Global Carbon Market
- Improving the Performance of the Climate Regime: Insights from Regime Analysis
- Reconceptualizing Global Governance
- The Role of International Law in Global Governance
- The Democratic Legitimacy of Global Governance after Copenhagen
- New Actors and Mechanisms of Global Governance
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Climate change represents a unique and novel security threat: it has the capacity to devastate human civilization if not humanity as a biological species, yet it is not produced by enemies intending to do harm to a particular state. The complexity in it makes it challenging for policy makers to assess climate change threats and consequently to prioritize resources for countering them. This article provides a clear framework for analyzing the full range of security threats posed by climate change, with a view to determining appropriate governmental policy responses. It suggests that most climate change-related security threats pertain to vital systems and population security, and only secondarily (that is, more remotely in time) to sovereign state security. The most immediate security threats posed by climate change will involve acute insults to and chronic compromising of critical infrastructure, including energy production and delivery systems, transportation networks, agriculture, and water supplies.
Nils Gilman is Senior Consultant, Monitor Group.
Doug Randall is Managing Partner, Monitor 360.
Peter Schwartz is Chairman, Global Business Network.
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