Nature, society, and population displacement: towards understanding of environmental migration and social vulnerability

Oliver-Smith, Anthony (2009). Nature, society, and population displacement: towards understanding of environmental migration and social vulnerability. UNU-EHS InterSecTions. UNU- EHS.

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    Author Oliver-Smith, Anthony
    Title Nature, society, and population displacement: towards understanding of environmental migration and social vulnerability
    Series Title UNU-EHS InterSecTions
    Volume/Issue No. 8
    Publication Date 2009
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher UNU- EHS
    Language eng
    Abstract

    This work focuses on the debate surrounding population displacement and the role that environmental factors may or may not play in driving populations away from their original places of residence.In assessing the driving factors in environmental migration, the author posits that environments are not naturally given entities but human constructed. He also emphasizes that climate change is anthropogenic, and not a natural phenomenon. Further, he points out that since climate change is human caused, nature, or those features and forces characteristic of the non-human, biophysical world, therefore cannot generally be blamed for displacing people. In the light of human driven environmental changes, in particular climate change, which are expected to increasingly displace people, we therefore need to be clear about the nature and origin of the threats.

    Keyword Environmental migration
    Social vulnerability
    Copyright Holder UNU-EHS
    Copyright Year 2009
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1814-6430
    ISBN 9783939923343
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