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Conflict and social vulnerability to climate change: lessons from Gaza

Mason, Michael, Zeitoun, Mark and El Sheikh, Rebhy (2011) Conflict and social vulnerability to climate change: lessons from Gaza. Climate and Development, 3 (4). pp. 285-297. ISSN 1756-5529

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Abstract

In societies marred by conflict, the propensity of populations to be harmed by climate hazards is likely to be increased by their exposure to violence and other coercive practices. Stakeholder assessments of climate vulnerability, as reported here for the Gaza Strip, can capture the qualitative experience of harm caused by conflict-related practices as these relate to, and interact with, forecasted climatic risks. The key pathways of climate vulnerability identified by stakeholders in Gaza relate above all to expected impacts on food security and water security. Exploration of these vulnerability pathways reveals conflict-structured non-climatic risks overwhelming forecasted climate risks. The prevalence in Gaza of short-term ‘enforced coping’ prevents the development of long-term adaptive capacity. Climate vulnerability assessments in (post)conflict environments should acknowledge the methodological and political-policy challenges caused by chronic, non-climatic sources of harm.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tcld20
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 14:36
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39002/

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