OSCE Launches Challenge to Visualize Climate and Security Risks

800px-2013_colorado_floods_natl_guardThe Organization for Security and Co-ooperation in Europe (OSCE) has just launched a contest to find an image and tagline to visualize the security risks of climate change. Distilling the complex interlinkages between climate change and security to a single image is certainly a challenge! Additional information from the OSCE website is listed below. Deadline for entry is September 22.  (more…)

Coastal Cities, Climate and Security: Lessons from Katrina 10 Years Later

 New_Orleans_USACE-Blackhawk-A-09-04-05_0072By guest author, Lieutenant Colonel Gary Sargent, USA (ret)

Tomorrow, August 29th, marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, and Americans viewed the wholesale destruction of a major US city by water and wind. Katrina presented a worrying picture of what may befall other coastal cities around the globe as water levels rise and the world faces a much more challenging, changing climate. Ten years later, lessons from the disaster are more relevant than ever. (more…)

Register for Global Climate Security Webinar #1: August 25

Pakistan Humanitarian AidThe Center for Climate and Security is partnering with Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative, the Security and Sustainability Forum, and a number of other promotion partner organizations, to launch the “Global Climate Security Series” – a series of webinars aimed at fleshing out the connection between climate change and sub-national, national and international security, as well as offering solutions for governments and civil society. The first in the series, titled “Peace, Conflict and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape,” includes a number of key experts, including the Center for Climate and Security’s Christine Parthemore, UT Austin’s Joshua Busby and Columbia University’s Marc Levy, and is designed to provide the “risk landscape” context for subsequent place-based and sector-based webinars in the series. It will be held on August 25 from 1:15-2:45pm EDT. To register, click the button below.

RegisterFor more on the substance of the first webinar, and bios of the panelists, see below (from the webinar series website):

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Thomas Friedman Cites the Center for Climate and Security on Extreme Weather in the Middle East and South Asia

Iraqis displaced by conflict collect water at al-Takia refugee camp in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Scorching temperatures are normal this time of year, but an unprecedented heat wave prompted Iraqi authorities to declare a mandatory four-day holiday beginning Thursday. The government has urged residents to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqis displaced by conflict collect water at al-Takia refugee camp in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman published an Op-ed today, “The World’s Hot Spot,” about the extreme heat waves plaguing the Middle East and South Asia, including Iran (citing AccuWeather’s Anthony Sagliani who stated that a July 31 reading in the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshahr was ‘…one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen, and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world.’) The column explores political protests and sweeping changes in government, particularly in Iraq, which followed from the perceived inadequate response to the heat wave, and asks questions about whether or not enough attention is being paid to climatic events by the region’s political leaders.

Friedman cited the Center for Climate and Security’s Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell, regarding how climate stresses are measured against other security risks, as well as how such extreme events can place significant strains on the social contract between governments and their respective publics. The full citation: (more…)

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