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ERIC Number: EJ878874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Climate Change and Societal Response: Livelihoods, Communities, and the Environment
Molnar, Joseph J.
Rural Sociology, v75 n1 p1-16 Mar 2010
Climate change may be considered a natural disaster evolving in slow motion on a global scale. Increasing storm intensities, shifting rainfall patterns, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and other manifold alterations are being experienced around the world. Climate has never been constant in any location, but human-induced changes associated with greenhouse gases and fossil fuel use are new and rapidly shifting conditions for rural communities and regions across the planet. Rural sociologists have long been carving out the contours of this topic through research on family well-being, rural livelihoods, community, and the environment. Now climate change and subsequent policy responses present a new and fundamental source of social change. The purpose of this article is to assess lines of research and theory that consider and direct our understanding of the impacts of climate change, the ways it might be mitigated, and the coping strategies of rural people and communities that are both victims and perpetrators in the global realignment. As climate-change impacts and policy responses begin to impinge on rural populations, the first line of resistance and participation will be the rural community. The distribution of rewards from climate-change mitigation is broad and diffuse; the distribution of costs, compromised livelihoods, and community disruption often is focused. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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