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By German Advisory Council on Global Change

During this new flagship document, WBGU summarizes the state of the art of technological know-how near to weather swap as a safety chance. it's in line with the findings of analysis into environmental conflicts, the factors of struggle, and of weather impression learn. It appraises prior adventure but in addition ventures to solid a look some distance into the longer term on the way to examine the most probably affects of weather swap on societies, realms, areas and the foreign system.The center message of this record is that with out resolute counteraction, weather swap will overstretch many societies' adaptive capacities. In a few areas of the area, this can bring about inner destabilization tactics and country failure with diffuse clash constructions, inter-state conflicts and an overstretching of the foreign method. vintage defense coverage can't reply safely to those new threats to foreign balance. weather coverage and methods for version to weather switch are therefore rising as key parts of preventive protection coverage.

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WBGU’s intention in presenting this report is to strengthen the empirical basis of the debate and, in addition, to develop a long-term perspective that goes beyond ad hoc interpretations of current and past ‘environmental conflicts’. This chapter explores the relevance of security with regard to global structural policy, with special attention being paid to the environmental dimension of security. A first step is to define a concept of security that is as precise as possible. 1 Redefining security The concept of security and the question of how it is best conceptualized are among the most controversial issues in international politics.

Climate change is only just beginning, but its impacts will mount steadily in coming decades if global warming is not slowed by effective climate policy. It is thus apparent that large-scale disruptions relevant to security are only to be anticipated in future decades. WBGU therefore had to review past experience of conflicts induced by environmental degradation, while at the same time looking far into the future in order to anticipate the gradually unfolding impacts of climate change upon national societies, world regions and the international system.

In addition to classical foreign and economic policy, the non-military methods increasingly include development and environmental policy measures. The concept explicitly includes interests in securing strategic resources, which serve to safeguard affluence in the industrialized countries. Thus, mineral resources, such as oil, gas and ores, as well as other strategic resources such as freshwater access and safe shipping routes, have become assets of significance in terms of security policy. When the concept of security is extended in this way, non-military areas of policy come to be identified as potentially security relevant.

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