Climate Change, Environment Hazards and Community Sustainability

Authored by: Michelle A. Meyer

Routledge International Handbook of Rural Studies

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138804371
eBook ISBN: 9781315753041
Adobe ISBN: 9781317619864


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Rural communities have a cultural and historical legacy of an intimate connection to the physical environment. Farming, animal herding, resource extraction and recreation are still prominent in many rural areas today. These environmental spaces and activities also offer a sense of place and identity for many rural people. Globalisation and neoliberalism have brought changes to rural areas in recent decades, creating pressures and opportunities for economic and social activity across rural areas. As climate change impacts increase and droughts, floods, storms and heatwaves become more frequent and intense, rural populations’ connections to the environment are again being altered. In this chapter I provide a brief overview of climate change and hazard vulnerability and resilience for rural communities in the 21st century.

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