Divided Environments: An International Political Ecology of Climate Change, Water and Security



Selby J, Daoust G & Hoffmann C (2022) Divided Environments: An International Political Ecology of Climate Change, Water and Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

What are the implications of climate change for twenty-first-century conflict and security? Rising temperatures, it is often said, will bring increased drought, more famine, heightened social vulnerability, and large-scale political and violent conflict; indeed, many claim that this future is already with us. Divided Environments, however, shows that this is mistaken. Focusing especially on the links between climate change, water and security, and drawing on detailed evidence from Israel-Palestine, Syria, Sudan and elsewhere, it shows both that mainstream environmental security narratives are misleading, and that the actual security implications of climate change are very different from how they are often imagined. Addressing themes as wide-ranging as the politics of droughts, the contradictions of capitalist development and the role of racism in environmental change, while simultaneously articulating an original 'international political ecology' approach to the study of socio-environmental conflicts, Divided Environments offers a new and important interpretation of our planetary future.

Earth and Environmental Sciences; Environmental Policy; Economics and Law; Politics and International Relations; International Relations and International Organisations

Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online31/08/2022
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publisher URL…5BF76980BBF25D3F
Place of publicationCambridge

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Dr Clemens Hoffmann

Dr Clemens Hoffmann

Senior Lecturer, Politics