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The portents of changing climate: maritime security implications for the South China Sea

Chapter


Abstract


  • The multi-dimensional impacts of climate change will have potentially destabilizing

    consequences for many maritime regions. Fisheries scientists have predicted that

    the migration, depletion or even collapse of major fisheries as a result of rising

    ocean temperatures and increases in ocean acidity caused by global warming, on

    top of other factors such as overfishing, will result in declining food security in

    regions which are heavily dependent on fisheries as a basic source of protein for

    their populations. Dwindling food and energy resources may provide a catalyst

    for inter-State and intra-State disputes in the South East Asian region leading to a

    less predictable and secure maritime environment for trading and military access.

    The damage and destruction to coral reefs and other marine ecosystems associated

    with increased ocean acidity is likely to erode the economic security of regional

    States in South East Asia by removing vital fisheries habitats and sources of tourist

    industry income. As well as the impacts of climate change itself, marine geo-

    engineering schemes to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change such as

    ocean fertilization pose significant risks to the marine environment which may

    lead to a less productive marine environment in the long term.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Warner, R. (2014). The portents of changing climate: maritime security implications for the South China Sea. In S. Wu & K. Zou (Eds.), Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea: Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (pp. 241-256). United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409461937

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781409461937

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1845

Book Title


  • Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea: Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation

Start Page


  • 241

End Page


  • 256

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The multi-dimensional impacts of climate change will have potentially destabilizing

    consequences for many maritime regions. Fisheries scientists have predicted that

    the migration, depletion or even collapse of major fisheries as a result of rising

    ocean temperatures and increases in ocean acidity caused by global warming, on

    top of other factors such as overfishing, will result in declining food security in

    regions which are heavily dependent on fisheries as a basic source of protein for

    their populations. Dwindling food and energy resources may provide a catalyst

    for inter-State and intra-State disputes in the South East Asian region leading to a

    less predictable and secure maritime environment for trading and military access.

    The damage and destruction to coral reefs and other marine ecosystems associated

    with increased ocean acidity is likely to erode the economic security of regional

    States in South East Asia by removing vital fisheries habitats and sources of tourist

    industry income. As well as the impacts of climate change itself, marine geo-

    engineering schemes to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change such as

    ocean fertilization pose significant risks to the marine environment which may

    lead to a less productive marine environment in the long term.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Warner, R. (2014). The portents of changing climate: maritime security implications for the South China Sea. In S. Wu & K. Zou (Eds.), Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea: Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (pp. 241-256). United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409461937

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781409461937

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1845

Book Title


  • Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea: Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation

Start Page


  • 241

End Page


  • 256

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom