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Climate Insecurity and Conflict in South Asia: Climate Stress as a Catalyst for Social Tension and Environmental Insecurity

 
Bishnu Raj Upreti (Author) Christopher Butler (Author) Kiran Maharjan (Author)
Synopsis

Climate change has emerged a central and undeniable issue for nations as its effects are causing environmental damage that triggers enormous human insecurity and conflict around the world. South Asia in particular has been identified as one of the more high risk regions of the world when it comes to climate vhange and its impacts. Though some scholars and policy makers contend there is no concrete evidence of a correliation between climate change and conflict, we compile compelling stories that connect climate change effects with human insecurity and conflict in South Asia. Using five years of research, looking at media and scientific reports from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, we document ample evidence that climate stress has become a powerful catalyst for social tension and insecurity. Erratic climate events (e.g., 2010 floods in Pakistan and 2012 flood in North India and Nepal) as a result of climate variability have impacted millions of livelihoods throughout South Asia and rendered billions of dollars in damage on homes and national infrastructure.

This book documents that when climate stress causes insecurity among people, the situations can be mainpulated for political ends, and often results in social confict.

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About the authors

Bishnu Raj Upreti

Bishnu Raj Upreti holds a PhD in conflict management (2001) from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is actively engaged in conflict transformation and peace research as a researcher in South Asia. During 26 years of professional career, he has engaged in teaching and research at University of London and University of Surrey in the UK as well as teaching at Kathmandu University and South Asian Institute of Technology of Purbanchal University. He worked in international organizations such as UNDP, SDC, IDRC, IUCN, SNV, UMN, International Alert, DANIDA, DFID, ADB, MS, WFP, FAO, and CARE International, ARD Inc, in the capacity of professional staff and consultant. He has also spent some years in government service as an assistant agricultural economist selected from the Public Service Commission. He has eight books to his credit on conflict management and many articles in different national and international journals, magazines and edited books. Currently, he is Regional Coordinator, South Asia Coordination Office of Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)-North-South, based in Kathmandu.

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Christopher Butler

Christopher Butler is Professor of English Language and LIterature at Oxford University. His many publications include Early Modernism and Interpretation, Deconstruction, and Ideology.

Kiran Maharjan

Kiran Maharjan is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on the political economy of livelihood strategies around transboundary rivers.

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Bibliographic information

Title Climate Insecurity and Conflict in South Asia: Climate Stress as a Catalyst for Social Tension and Environmental Insecurity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.09.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Adroit Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9788187393122
length i+254p., 23cm.