Defense News: Can Stoltenberg Tackle NATO’s Climate Mission?

782px-Jens_StoltenbergDefense News has just published an article co-written by CNA’s Sherri Goodman and The Center for Climate and Security’s Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell. The commentary seeks to answer the question: What does the appointment of Jens Stoltenberg as the next NATO Secretary General mean for NATO’s climate change mission?

While NATO certainly has its hands full with recent developments in and around Ukraine, it will have to be able to address multiple security risks on multiple fronts. Given that NATO has long recognized that climate change is a threat to security, addressing climate-related risks should not fall too far to the wayside. Stoltenberg has experience in taking firm stances on both traditional matters of national security during his tenure as Prime Minister of Norway, and on climate change as a UN Special Envoy.

With the strong support of key member states like the United States, Germany and the UK, who have also supported addressing the security risks of climate change, the next Secretary General of NATO could make substantial gains in preparing the alliance for these risks. But it won’t be easy.

For more on the opportunities and challenges that await NATO’s next Secretary General, read the full commentary here.

Office Of Naval Research Prepares for a Changing Arctic

120806-N-QI093-047On the heels of the release of the Department of Defense’s Arctic Strategy, blessed by Defense Secretary Hagel with a climate-focused speech at the Halifax International Security Forum, and a directive from Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert following the “U.S. Navy Arctic Roadmap 2014-2030,” the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has announced ice-breaking news (pun intended) regarding “new efforts to determine the pace of change in what some are calling Earth’s final frontier.” (more…)

Call for Workshop Abstracts: Climate, Security, Health and Resilience Initiative

20110823-F-GA004-659Ohio State’s Climate, Security, Health and Resilience Initiative has put out a call for abstracts for a series of workshops and conferences it will be hosting this autumn.  Copied below are the details for the abstract request. More information can be found here. (more…)

Climate & Security Weekend Watch List

488px-%22Movies_tonight..Keep_covered._Fight_the_peril_behind_the_lines%22_-_NARA_-_515032Happy Friday! There were a number of climate and security-related events over the past couple of weeks, some of which were recorded. Listed below are some that caught our eye, and might make for great weekend climate and security binge listening/watching! (more…)

Rats, Hawks and Fighter Jets: Climate and National Security in the American West

Lemoore, Calif. (Aug. 12, 2005) - F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the "Vigilantes" of Strike Fighter Squadron One Five One (VFA-151), return to Naval Air Station Lemoore after a mission in support of Exercise Sentry Eagle. Sentry Eagle is a biannual, two-day exercise that emphasizes tactics for defending friendly airspace and assets from a variety of adversaries as well as exposing participants to multi-service military forces. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr. (RELEASED)The drought in California is taking its toll on farmers throughout the region, but the fallow fields are also having an unexpected impact on Naval flight exercises. Here & Now reports that pilots at Lemoore Naval Air Station in California, one of the west’s largest Naval bases, have found that fallow fields increase the prevalence of avian predators like red tailed hawks, and increase the likelihood of bird strikes. (more…)

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