Environmental security in the Anthropocene

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This chapter addresses environmental security from an ecological perspective, examining how the emergence of the Anthropocene challenges current understanding of security and the environment. Focusing on three of the most pressing dimensions of the global environmental crisis, and primary indicators of a post-Holocene world—climate change, biodiversity loss, and the growing demand for fresh water—it evidences that the prospect of an environmental catastrophe is potentially closer than most academic, political, and public debates generally acknowledge, thus the urgency of a paradigm shift in how security is understood and practiced. The chapter concludes by presenting a set of conditions for framing and applying environmental security, and safeguarding all species—human and non-human—living on Earth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity at a Crossroads:
Subtitle of host publicationNew Tools for New Challenges
EditorsTeresa Rodrigues, André Inácio
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978-1-53615-332-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameDefense, Security and Strategies


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