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Climate Change and International Security

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This chapter explores whether and to what extent climate change has been treated as a security issue, and what the practical consequences of this approach have been. Special emphasis is placed on examining whether climate change could be addressed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the main global security mechanism. It is important to pay special attention to the Security Council because it is the body responsible for collective security problems, such as climate change, that pose threats to humanity. The chapter ascertains whether the Security Council in fact has a mandate to address climate change and its consequences and, if it does, what it can do in practice. It reflects on the problems and possibilities offered by addressing climate change as a security threat. The chapter reviews what the climate regime is and what it has been able to do where mitigating climate change is concerned.

Keywords: climate change; climate regime; main global security mechanism; security issue; United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

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