Ecological security

Hough, Peter ORCID: (2017) Ecological security. In: Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader. Jacob, Edwin Daniel, ed. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 183-194. ISBN 9781137525413. (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-52542-0_13)

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This chapter appraises the concept of Ecological Security. The treatment of environmental questions as matters of security has grown over the last half century—both in theory and practice—but has also proved contentious. Firstly, environmental “securitization” is anathema to the traditional realist view that non-military issues do not warrant such treatment and, secondly, it is resisted by most ecologists through fears that this may prompt the inappropriate militarization of such concerns. The critical or human security rationale that the millions of deaths from pollution are, in themselves, enough to merit emergency treatment has subsequently suffered by being unwelcomed by a large proportion of both the conservatives and the radicals in international environmental politics.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Femgensex
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Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an chapter published in Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Hough P. (2017) Ecological Security. In: Jacob E. (eds) Rethinking Security in the Twenty-First Century. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, is available online at:
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