Climate Change and Human Security

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Prof. Jon Barnett is a political geographer who investigates the impacts of and responses to climate change on social systems, with a focus on risks to human insecurity, hunger, violent conflict and water stress. He has done extensive field-work in the South Pacific, China and East Timor. Jon is convenor of the Australian national research network on the social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change, which is part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and is a Lead Author for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Atish Baidya, Digital Content Editor at WOUB, talks with Professor Barnett about measuring climate change through cultural adaptation, most specifically changes in fishing habits of South Pacific islanders.