By Professor Kirsten Hastrup, Professor Karen Fog Olwig
'The maximum unmarried effect of weather switch might be on human migration', said the Intergovernmental Panel on weather switch (IPCC) in 1990. due to the fact then there was significant predicament concerning the large-scale inhabitants hobbies that will occur due to weather swap. This e-book examines rising styles of human mobility on the subject of weather switch, drawing on a multidisciplinary strategy, together with anthropology and geography. It addresses either greater, basic questions and urban neighborhood instances, the place the hyperlink among weather swap and human mobility is take place and calls for cognizance - empirically, analytically and conceptually. one of the circumstances explored are either historic and modern situations of migration in accordance with weather swap, and jointly they illustrate the need of reading new styles of move, old cultural pictures and rules practices within the wake of latest international approaches.
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Extra resources for Climate Change and Human Mobility: Challenges to the Social Sciences
Clearly, causality is not a onestranded link once homo sapiens had emerged. In this perspective, what is remarkable today are all the limitations on movement faced by people, rather than the desire to move about. Similarly, Mikkel Sørensen’s analysis of prehistoric Inuit migration shows how movement has been the norm rather than the exception. The disappearance of the Inuit population in north-east Greenland during the period known as the Little Ice Age, therefore, was probably not owing to their dying out as a consequence of increasing cold and hostile weather, but more likely to their responding to the changing environment as they always did, by moving – and by creatively incorporating new technologies into their tool-box.
Mobility still makes sense. But mobility also heightens regional and local conflict, as environmental changes require pastoralists to find alternative routes through new territory. Ancient routes are abandoned and transit-passage agreements that kept the peace are replaced with hostilities among populations forced into competition for shrinking resources. Of course, many other forces are at work as well (Bilsborrow and DeLargy 1990). Today, the high percentage of domestic production destined for foreign markets (moving production from polycropping to mono-cropping) further exacerbates conditions in regions that are vulnerable to climatic change and where food security is fragile.
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