13 June 2006
Heating up the Planet: Climate Change and Security
This paper examines the international security consequences of climate change especially for Australia's Asia-Pacific neighborhood. The authors analyze the implications of temperature increases and sea level rise for food, water, energy, infectious diseases, natural disasters and environmental refugees and ask whether scientists may have underestimated climate change risks. The paper also looks at several low probability, but high impact, climate events which might push the planet past an environmental tipping point from which there will be no winners.
© 2006 Lowy Institute for International Policy
Alan Dupont, Graeme Pearman