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Environmental Insecurity Environmental Insecurity “Sustainable development is a compelling moral and humanitarian Sustainable development is a compelling moral and humanitarian issue. But sustainable development is also a security imperative issue. But sustainable development is also a security imperative . . Poverty, destruction of the environment and despair are destroye Poverty, destruction of the environment and despair are destroye rs rs of people, of societies, of nations, a cause of instability of people, of societies, of nations, a cause of instability as an unholy as an unholy trinity than can destabilize countries and destabilize entire re trinity than can destabilize countries and destabilize entire re gions. gions. Secretary of State Colin Powell, July 2002 Secretary of State Colin Powell, July 2002 “Globalization has exposed us to new challenges and changed the Globalization has exposed us to new challenges and changed the way old challenges touch our interests and values, while also gr way old challenges touch our interests and values, while also gr eatly eatly enhancing our capacity to respond. Examples include: enhancing our capacity to respond. Examples include: . . . . . . Environmental destruction, whether caused by human behavior Environmental destruction, whether caused by human behavior or cataclysmic mega or cataclysmic mega -disasters such as floods, hurricanes, disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, or tsunamis. earthquakes, or tsunamis. Problems of this scope may overwhelm Problems of this scope may overwhelm the capacity of local authorities to respond, and may even overt the capacity of local authorities to respond, and may even overt ax ax national militaries, requiring a larger international response. national militaries, requiring a larger international response. National Security Strategy, March 2006 National Security Strategy, March 2006
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Neo-Malthusian Hypotheses
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The Deprivation Hypothesis The Deprivation Hypothesis ± The argument ¾ Population and environmental pressures contribute to falling wages, unemployment, and landlessness, thereby increasing
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