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Environment Change and National Security

Manoj Kumar (Author) Jasjit Singh (Author)
Synopsis This book deals with the contemporary and controversial topic of Environment Change and National Security. Security encompasses various elements of human security that are going to be affected by the vagaries of environmental change,brought about by the relentless unsustainable development path undertaken by the mordern society.The question is no longer aboute what  hte interrelations between climate change and security are, but about when theywould be acknowleedged by hte policy-maker, rising above anarrow mindset that sees it as militarisation of the debate,rather than a human security issue.

The book takes a prismatic view of the environmental change debate as observed by the military.  It has to be well understood that the environmental change negotiations have the economic barometer guiding the sluice of national positions.  Since without an international agreement on mitigation, the climatic situation and thereby the security environment is likely to worsen, it is paramount for the military organization to be proactive in considering this additional variable in their operational paradigm.  Considering this reality, this book has, for the first time, attempted to draw a template of adaptation measures that the military organizations would need to undertake in view of not only the issues of global warming and ozone layer depletion but also due to the regulatory regimes that have arisen as a consequence of the Kyoto and Montreal Protocols.  To give a holistic picture of the economics involved, the emerging areas of ‘green industry’ and the great debacle of Copenhagen have been covered in detail.

It has to be appreciated by the reader that management of the environment, as any other social and security issue, require god governance; more so as the scale of its adverse impact has no parallel.  In India, environmental governance is in its incipient state and already fears are being expressed that it should not degenerate into ‘license raaj’.  This issue has, thus, been analyzed to observe the path that we as a nation are embarking upon when dealing with the environmental change saga.
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About the author

Manoj Kumar

Group Captain Manoj Kumar VSM, is a mechanical engineering graduate from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT BHU), India.  He is serving Indian Air Force (IAF) officer and has field assignments in the last 24 years of his engagements with the IAF.  He has been awarded the Presidential medal for distinguished service.  He is presently a senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies, working on issues of environmental change and its management by the Indian military.  He is a resource person with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for protection of the ozone layer, and has presented research papers on the subject at both national and international levels.  He also provides specialist advice to the IAF on the phase-out of ozone depleting substances.  His work has been published by UNEP in the form of a book on ozone protection, Toolkit of Good Practices for Defence Forces.  His focus areas also include energy conservation and resource efficiency in the defence forces.

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Bibliographic information

Title Environment Change and National Security
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.04.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher KW Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9789380502489
length xvi+218p., Illustrations; Tables; Notes; Index; 24cm.