Environmental Change And Human Security: Recognizing and Acting on Hazard Impacts by Peter H. LiottaEnvironmental Change And Human Security: Recognizing and Acting on Hazard Impacts by Peter H. Liotta

Environmental Change And Human Security: Recognizing and Acting on Hazard Impacts

byPeter H. LiottaEditorDavid A. Mouat, W.G. Kepner

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Environmental and Human Security: Then and Now 1 2 ALAN D. HECHT AND P. H. LIOTTA * 1 U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development 2 Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy Salve Regina University 1. Nontraditional Threats to Security The events of September 11, 2001 have sharpened the debate over the meaning of being secure. Before 9/11 there were warnings in all parts of the world that social and environmental changes were occurring. While there was prosperity in North America and Western Europe, there was also increasing recognition that local and global effects of ecosystem degradation posed a serious threat. Trekking from Cairo to Cape Town thirty years after living in Africa as a young teacher, for example, travel writer Paul Theroux concluded that development in sub-Saharan Africa had failed to improve the quality of life for 300 million people: "Africa is materially more decrepit than it was when I first knew it-hungrier, poorer, less educated, more pessimistic, more corrupt, and you can't tell the politicians from the witch-doctors" (2002). While scholars and historians will debate the causes of 9/11 for some time, one message is clear: An often dizzying array of nontraditional threats and complex vulnerabilities define security today. We must understand them, and deal with them, or suffer the consequences. Environmental security has always required att- tion to nontraditional threats linked closely with social and economic well-being.
Title:Environmental Change And Human Security: Recognizing and Acting on Hazard ImpactsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:478 pagesPublished:August 8, 2008Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. List of Contributors. Environmental and Human Security: Then and Now; A.D. Hecht and P. H. Liotta.- Acknowledgements. Introduction; P.H. Liotta.- I: Approaches to Environmental and Human Security. Zombie Concepts and Boomerang Effects: Uncertainty, Risk, and Security Intersection through the Lens of Environmental Change; P.H. Liotta and A.W. Shearer.- Measuring Human Security: Methodological Challenges and the Importance of Geographically Referenced Determinants; T. Owen.- II: Environmental Challenges: Examples from North Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East. Drylands in Crisis: Environmental Change and Human Response; D. Mouat and J. Lancaster.- Desertification in Jordan: A Security Issue; Mu'taz Al-Alawi.- Global Environmental Change and the International Efforts Concerning Environmental Conservation; Liviu-Daniel Galatchi.- Management of Environmental Challenges and Sustainability of Bulgarian Agriculture; H. Bachev.- Regional Assessment of Landscape and Land Use Change in the Mediterranean Region: Morocco Case Study (1981-2003); M.S. Nash et al.- III: Human Challenges: Case Studies. Human Security for an Urban Century: Local Challenges, Global Perspectives; R.J. Lawson et al.- Urbanization and Environmental Security: Infrastructure Development, Environmental Indicators, and Sustainability; N. Bobylev.- Approaching Environmental Security: From Stability to Sustainability; S.R. Heame.- The Human Security Dilemma: Lost Opportunities, Appropriated Concepts, or Actual Change? R. Christie.- Securing Humans and/or Environment in the Post-Conflict Balkans; B. Vankovska and T. Mileski.- Environmental Justice and Health Disparities in Appalachia, Ohio: Local Cases with Global Implications; M. Morrone.- IV: Acting on Hazard Impacts: Examples from Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Poverty-Environment Linkages and their Implications for Security: With Reference to Rwanda;D.H. Smith.- Human and Environmental Security in the Sahel: A Modest Strategy for Success; C.R. Jebb et al.- Environment and Security in Eastern Europe; O. Udovyk.- Environmental Issues of the Kyrgyz Republic and Central Asia; A. K.Tynybekov et al.- Environmental Change in the Aral Sea Region: New Approaches to Water Treatment; R. Khaydarov and R. Khaydarov.- Environmental Change of the Semipalatinsk Test Site by Nuclear Fallout Contamination; G. Ospanova et al.- V: Environmental Change and Human Impact Linkages. Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for Policy and Research; D. Mouat and W.G. Kepner