Special Issue "The Impacts of Climate Changes: From Sustainability Perspectives"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018
Prof. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen
Director and Professor Center for Sustainable Business and Development, The University of Tennessee, 311 Conference Center Building, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4134, USA
Website | E-Mail
Fax: +1 865 974 1838
Interests: sustainable business; sustainable development; sustainable consumer services; sustainable hospitality and tourism; branding; marketing; forecasting models; economic impacts
Numerous weather and climate extremes impact human society, the societal infrastructure, and the natural environment. Potential changes in climate are forecast to result in possible frequency and/or intensity changes in extreme events, increases in precipitation, decreases in extreme low temperatures, increases in extreme high temperature, and changes in ecological systems. Future research may consider focusing on future trends and changes in frequency of extreme events, based on the outcomes of the most integrated climate models to evaluate the relationships between the severe weather extremes and the continued greenhouse gas scenarios of the coming decades.
This Special Issue aims to discuss various impacts of climate changes on communities, public health, ecological systems, and/or infrastructures from scientific and/or sustainability perspectives. We invite you to contribute to this issue by submitting comprehensive reviews, case studies, or research articles that focus on scientific methods and innovatively statistical analyses. Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments, and applications.
Prof. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- climate extremes
- human society
- societal infrastructure
- impacts of climate changes on communities
- public health
- ecological systems
- scientific facts and trends
- sustainability perspectives
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Reconfiguring the Contours of Statehood and the Rights of Peoples of Disappearing States in the Age of Global Climate Change
Author: Tracey Skillington
Affiliation: Department of Sociology, School of Sociology and Philosophy, Donovan’s Road, University College Cork, Ireland
Abstract: Many of the elements that have traditionally supported state level normative self-organisation, most notably territory, are being actively undermined today by rising sea levels, flooding, desertification and other climate change effects. As more and more states come to be redefined as “disappearing”, that is, states losing their territories to the natural environment through no specific fault of their own, the question arises as to how displaced communities will be assisted in their desire (and right) to continue to practice principles of self-determination and self-government? What is clear is that the international community can no longer continue with the fiction of a unified or unchanging model of the liberal democratic state (Osterdahl, 2005). Instead, alternative ontological models of sovereign community are required, as is a re-imagining of how statehood might be constituted or reformed in the future in response to deepening ecological problems (see Norwegian Refugee Council 2012). The international community must now begin to address the immanent reality of disappearing states and consider how a model of statehood that does not privilege territory as a fixed component of state identity could possibly be operationalized in the future? This paper considers how a democratic reform of statehood might proceed in the years ahead and resettlement agreements for displaced communities determined. The transition to an era of peaceful sovereign relations under deteriorating global climate conditions and growing natural resource scarcity, it argues, will require a significant extension of established traditions of democratic compromise, human rights solidarity and cosmopolitan justice.
Keywords: climate change; disappearing states; self-determination; territory; transnational deliberation; cosmopolitan belonging; global justice