Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

Author data: 
John D. Steinbruner, Paul C. Stern, and Jo L. Husbands, Editors
Publication Date: 
January 2013
The National Academies Press
Emerging Issues in Cooperative Security
Document Type: 
Books and Monographs

Climate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events--slowly at first, but then more quickly. It is prudent to expect to be surprised by the way in which these events may cascade, or have far-reaching effects. During the coming decade, certain climate-related events will produce consequences that exceed the capacity of the affected societies or global systems to manage; these may have global security implications. Although focused on events outside the United States, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis recommends a range of research and policy actions to create a whole-of-government approach to increasing understanding of complex and contingent connections between climate and security, and to inform choices about adapting to and reducing vulnerability to climate change.