Media, the environment, and global security

The case of climate change

Authored by: Neil T. Gavin

Routledge Handbook of Media, Conflict and Security

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415712910
eBook ISBN: 9781315850979
Adobe ISBN: 9781317914303


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As this paper’s title suggests, the topic is the mediation of environmental security. ‘Security’, however, can encompass many things – threats to the state or to the public, or to the broader international community, with the recent financial crisis a possible example. Similarly, ‘environmental security’, and threats to it, can take many forms – like oceanic acidification; fish over-exploitation; deforestation; air pollution; and agricultural or water degradation. The likes of agricultural and water security can, in turn, relate strongly to conventional notions of security, that is they may increase the risk of violent conflict (Barnett, 2010). But rather than explore the mediation of any – or all – of these, what follows focuses on ‘climate change’, on the grounds that it deserves attention as one of the most commanding environmental security issues.

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