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Three linked risks for development in the Pacific Islands: climate change, disasters and conflict

Weir, Anthony D. and Virani, Z. (2011) Three linked risks for development in the Pacific Islands: climate change, disasters and conflict. Climate and Development, 3 (3). pp. 193-208. ISSN 1756-5529

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    Abstract

    Pacific Island countries are demonstrably vulnerable to the risks of climate change, disasters and conflict. This article outlines the conceptual links between these risks, briefly describes how each of the risks operates in the Pacific Islands, and goes on to demonstrate the interaction of climate change, disasters and potential for conflict in the Pacific Islands, by applying a new conceptual framework to some illustrative case studies. The case studies include relocation after the Gizo earthquake, ‘environmental refugees’ from sea level rise, and aggravation of the social issues of urbanization and unemployed youth by climate change. Fortunately, none of these cases has yet crossed the threshold into violent conflict, even though relocation of an affected community onto someone else's land is a particularly sensitive issue in the Pacific Islands.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    Divisions: Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD)
    Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 12:56
    Last Modified: 04 Oct 2013 12:56
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/6833
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