Climate Wars: What People Will Be Killed For in the 21st Century

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Polity, Jan 24, 2012 - Business & Economics - 222 pages
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Struggles over drinking water, new outbreaks of mass violence, ethnic cleansing, civil wars in the earth?s poorest countries, endless flows of refugees: these are the new conflicts and forces shaping the world of the 21st century. They no longer hinge on ideological rivalries between great powers but rather on issues of class, religion and resources. The genocides of the last century have taught us how quickly social problems can spill over into radical and deadly solutions. Rich countries are already developing strategies to garner resources and keep ?climate refugees? at bay.

In this major new book Harald Welzer shows how climate change and violence go hand in hand. Climate change has far-reaching consequences for the living conditions of peoples around the world: inhabitable spaces shrink, scarce resources become scarcer, injustices grow deeper, not only between North and South but also between generations, storing up material for new social tensions and giving rise to violent conflicts, civil wars and massive refugee flows. Climate change poses major new challenges in terms of security, responsibility and justice, but as Welzer makes disturbingly clear, very little is being done to confront them.
 

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Contents

THE PAST AND FUTURE OF VIOLENCE
1
2 CLIMATE CONFLICTS
8
3 GLOBAL WARMING AND SOCIAL CATASTROPHES
24
4 A BRIEF SURVEY OF CLIMATE CHANGE
33
5 KILLING YESTERDAY
39
ECOCIDE
51
NEVERENDING WARS ETHNIC CLEANSING TERRORISM SHIFTING BOUNDARIES
88
8 CHANGED REALITIES
138
FAITHS CLASSES RESOURCES AND THE EROSION OF DEMOCRACY
155
10 MORE VIOLENCE
160
11 WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE DONE 1
163
12 WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE DONE 2
179
Notes
184
Index
215
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Harald Welzer is Professor for Transformation Design at the University of Flensburg and Executive Director of the FUTURZWEI foundation.

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