Delivering Climate Security: International Security Responses to a Climate Changed World (WHP 69)
Whitehall Paper, 23 Apr 2008
By Nick Mabey
This Whitehall Paper argues that the international response to climate security threats has been ‘slow and inadequate’ and nations need to integrate climate change into their security policy to prepare for worst case scenarios.
In the next decades, climate change will drive as significant a change in the strategic security environment as the end of the Cold War. If uncontrolled, climate change will have security implications of similar magnitude to the World Wars, but which will last for centuries.
The past will provide no guide to this coming future; a robust response will require clear assessments based on the best scientific projections.
Security sector actors must not just prepare to respond to the security challenges of climate change; they must also be part of the solution. This Whitehall Paper outlines a framework for climate security analysis and some of its implications for security policy, practice and institutional change.
About the Author
Nick Mabey is a Founding Director and the Chief Executive of E3G, an independent not-for-profit organisation that works in the public interest to accelerate the global transition to sustainable development.
Until December 2005 he was a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit leading work on a variety of policy areas, including energy, fisheries, unstable states and organised crime.
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