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Save the Dates: Climate Change and Security Conferences 2012

There are some interesting conferences on the horizon investigating the risks of climate change.  Many of these are either streaming the conference live or will post conference videos and materials at a later date, so even if you are not able to attend in person, you can check them out. We will update this list as we come across others.

  • Building Climate Change Institutions: The Case of Environment and Security
    The relative success of the climate change talks in Durban offer the world the opportunity to move beyond the discussion about funding and the modalities of mitigation. Whatever the outcome of the negotiations in 2015, the world now faces several decades of abrupt climate change with intense climate events. Humanity has no choice but to shape the institutions to manage the consequences of climate change on international security. The CES-IES hearing will engage military officers, think tanks and parliamentarians in a creative exercise to gather policy ideas and design today the institutions that will tomorrow manage climate security.
    Location: Brussels, Belgium
    Date: March 21, 2012
  • Affordable World Security Conference
    The Affordable World Security Conference is an unprecedented gather to reframe security priorities in an era of international interconnection and competing claims on resources. Confirmed speakers so far include two former heads of state, three Nobel laureates, and prominent leaders from the private sector and government both in the United States and abroad.
    Location: Washington, DC (USA)
    Date: March 27 – 28, 2012
  • 2nd Oxford Interdisciplinary Desert Conference: Progress and integration in desert research
    The goal  of the conference is to stimulate debate and collaboration across academic departments, share knowledge and expand desert paradigms. This meeting highlights the multiple disciplines that work in desert environments and presents original research combinations through including social and natural scientists working in shared topics or environments in different dimensions and timescales.
    Location: Oxford, UK
    Date: March 29-30, 2012
  • Leadership in the Arctic
    The United States Coast Guard Academy and the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Law are sponsoring a two-day interdisciplinary conference on key issues facing global leaders tasked with shaping and implementing policy for the rapidly emerging human activities in the Arctic.
    Location: New London, Connecticut (USA)
    Date: April 12 -13, 2012
  • Environmental Security Conference: Academic and Military Perspectives
    This two-day conference presents leading academic and military perspectives on global environmental conditions and how they contribute to the world’s economic, social, and security-related instabilities. A collaborative forum will address themes such as climate change, water provision, food and health concerns and will discuss how these instabilities impact military operations and cascade across borders with regional and strategic implications. Participants will have an opportunity to study critical areas and develop innovative, practical steps for military and civilian organizations to provide security and stability in many parts of the world.
    Location: Lawrence, Kansas (USA)
    Date: April 23 – 24, 2012
  • Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security: Making the Connection
    The Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GC ’12) will examine the conditions that are likely to be produced by climate change, how these conditions will affect coastal and ocean ecosystems and communities, and how they may affect human and national security interests. GC ’12 will focus on three specific themes examining the overall problem from different perspectives with a unified goal of understanding how to mitigate the effects that we can control and adapt to those that we cannot.
    Location: Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
    Date: May 21-23, 2012



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