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date: 23 February 2020

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Climate change poses risks to the basic needs, human rights, and core values of individuals and communities. These risks are increasingly being described as risks to human security, which contrast with the more abstract notion that climate change poses risks to national security. This article focuses on the first of the commonly agreed climate change and security issues — that is the linkages between climate change and human security. It defines some of the key concepts of vulnerability, adaptation, and human security, which all come together in research and policy on climate change and human security. The relationship between these concepts is explained, as is the distinction between securities as is it has traditionally been understood within the discipline of political science, and human security. Furthermore this article provides an overview of the critical and applied uses of the concept of human security as it relates to climate change.

Keywords: human security, political science, national security, basic needs, core values, communities

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