Climate and security links are definitely in vogue these days. Some of the work on these connections has been measured and nuanced; some has been less judicious. I want to flag a recently published rich resource that falls in the former category and avoids the hyperbole that characterizes the latter.
The academic journal Political Geography
–admittedly not a publication on every policymaker’s desk–devotes its current issue
to climate change and conflict. The six pieces feature the most recent work of some longtime environmental security contributors such as Australian geographer Jon Barnett and Norwegian peace researcher Nils Petter Gleditsch. The articles were first presented at a June 2005 conference in Oslo convened by Gleditsch’s International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO
) and geographer Karen O’Brien’s Global Environmental Change and Human Security Project (GECHS
). Visit this space again soon for a more detailed analysis of the contributions.