Whether governments are concerned with rising sea levels and failing crops due to droughts, or with the resulting effects of salinity, food shortages, economic loss or increased irregular maritime arrivals of displaced persons as a direct result of it, climate change and the security considerations it generates are issues that no government can ignore. This essay will critically examine both sides of the climate change dilemma from an environmental vs. security perspective and argue that the role that the securitization of climate change as an environmental security threat to Australia in the 21st century has played, has afforded the government opportunity to ballyhoo climate change as a pressing security issue, though in doing so it has come at the detriment of traditional environmentally derived climate change priorities.
The role which the securitization of the issue has played in identifying climate change as an environmental security threat to Australia has been to dramatically alter the way in which ...
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