By Matt Connolly, Center for Climate and Security Virginia Fellow
This article is drawn from a forthcoming report on this topic.
With Hurricane Joaquin threatening to hit the eastern seaboard this weekend, the United States’ largest naval base is on high alert. At Naval Station Norfolk, sailors are working to secure the base against impending flooding and prepare for Sortie Condition Bravo, an order for all Navy ships in Virginia’s military-saturated Hampton Roads region to be prepared to leave port within 24 hours in order to avoid damage to ships and piers from high winds and seas.
The Australian Climate Council recently released a report: “Be Prepared: Climate Change, Security and Australia’s Defence Force.” The report provides a good overview of climate change risks to national security and adds a critical look at how the Australian Defence Force is (and is not) preparing for those risks, and how this compares to US and UK defense forces. The report draws from an international team of reviewers including CCS advisory board member Rear Admiral Dave Titley USN (Ret), as well as Professor Jon Barnett, Professor Alan Dupont, Captain Leo Goff, USN (ret.), Dr. Liz Hanna, and Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti RN (ret.). (more…)
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is hosting an event in Vienna, Austria on October 28th focusing on climate change and security. This is part of the Security Days series. Registration and further details are listed below. The draft agenda, concept note and registration form are available on the OSCE Security Days webpage. The event will also be webcast. (more…)