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How climate Change is Pushing the Boundaries of Security and Foreign Policy
This paper examines how two aspects of climate change, namely Arctic melt and rising sea levels, can lead to international legal disputes, disrupt access to vital resources such as water and food, and damage critical infrastructure.
It argues that maritime boundaries are particularly susceptible to re-evaluation as a result of climate change and states the borders between the US and Cuba as an example.
The author further discusses the consequences for coastal states, small island states and transportation routes.
He concludes that an adaptation of international law can help resolve some of the problems.
Publication website ( Webpage - www.chathamhouse.org.uk )
|Date / Journal Vol No.||June 2007|
1 - ES and foreign and security policy (Mainstreaming environmental factors into foreign and security policy including energy and food security, and security related to other resources such as land, water, living marine resources, terrestrial biodiversity)
5 - ES risk and needs assessment and management
8 - Natural disasters and climate change mitigation and adaptation