Security & climate change

A cyclone-damaged boat on a beach in Western Samoa. Photo by Archives New Zealand

Climate change will have major ramifications for international state and human security. It is already exacerbating tensions in areas of existing instability, increasing risks, changing the nature of conflict and acting as a threat multiplier. As our climate changes, sea levels rise and extreme events become more intense and/or frequent, it is impacting vulnerable communities, degrading their human security, and potentially displacing large numbers of people. Climate change also fundamentally changes our relationship with food and water, putting pressure on existing food stocks and transboundary water resources, increasing livelihood precarity, decreasing resilience to disasters and potentially impacting access to property rights and democratic freedoms.

Research into climate and security occurs across the university, including at the National Security College (Crawford School of Public Policy), the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Department of Political and Social Change (both Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs).