ERIC Number: ED384561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Environmental Scarcity and Global Security. Headline Series No. 300.
Homer-Dixon, Thomas F.
This book examines the two global trends of rising population and output on environmental change in the 21st century. These environmental changes can be thought of as "scarcities" of vital resources such as soil, water, and a stable climate and may cause widespread social disorder and violence. Contemporary examples of conflict are featured to highlight what those changes could possibly cause in the next century. The book explores why environmental issues have become so prominent in recent years and provides a framework for understanding them. The volume presents an overview of key environmental variables, including population growth, energy consumption, climate change, ozone depletion, deforestation, loss of agricultural land, decline in water supplies, depletion of fish stocks, and loss of biodiversity. Case studies are used to identify and illustrate links between environmental change and conflict with suggestions of how society can adapt and act for the improvement of both rich and poor countries. The table of contents lists the following: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Where Will the World Be in 2025?" (3) "The Social Effects of Environmental Scarcity"; (4) "Violent Conflict and Environmental Scarcity"; and (5) "Long-term Security Implications." Discussion questions, an annotated reading list, and a glossary also are included. (EH)
Descriptors: Climate, Conservation (Environment), Demography, Economics, Environmental Influences, Environmental Research, Foreign Policy, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Programs, International Relations, International Studies, Population Growth, Population Trends, Secondary Education
Foreign Policy Association, 729 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019 ($5.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Association, New York, NY.