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

Forsideomslag
Polity, 24. jan. 2012 - 222 sider
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 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.

The paperback edition includes a new Preface that brings the book up to date and addresses the most recent developments and trends.
 

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The honest answer to the question in the title of this book is, "for the same reasons as they were in the 20th century." I rather get the feeling that this is the view of Harald Welzer but, when he ... Læs hele anmeldelsen

Indhold

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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Om forfatteren (2012)

Harald Welzer is Professor for Transformation Design at the University of Flensburg and Executive Director of the FUTURZWEI foundation.

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