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Summer Reading List: New Offerings on Climate Change and Security

beach_readingChoosing what to read on the beach has been a perennially difficult choice. We are making that choice easier. A range of new volumes, reports, testimonies and concept notes on climate change and security have been released recently, and all of them are worth a read in the sun (apologies to those south of the equator currently experiencing winter). Below is a list of those that came across our desk, and have been printed out for transport to the shoreline.

  • Climate Change: A Risk Assessment: On July 13, the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth Office commissioned this independent report authored by a range of military, finance, science and energy experts. It argues that climate change is a risk that should be treated as other risks to national and international security, such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism. Center for Climate and Security staff contributed to Chapter 21, and Dr. Jay Gulledge, author of a section of the report on risk analysis, penned a blog article outlining differing attitudes towards “uncertainty” between governments and the scientific community.
  • Climate Change Testimonies before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security: Yes, we are suggesting you read Congressional testimonies in your leisure time. These are are an especially strong group of testimonies from three Department of Homeland Security officials, and Marc Levy of Columbia University, before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. The testimonies, submitted for a hearing on July 8, touch on where the U.S. needs to be in order to avoid damage to critical infrastructure, loss of life, and stresses to national security.
  • The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge: Published on June 22, this volume from Australia’s Centre for Policy Development draws lessons from climate security policies in the US, the UK, interviews with national security and military leaders, and existing analysis. It identifies actions Australia’s defence establishment could take for managing climate security risks. To our Aussie audience: don’t wait until summer to read this.
  • A New Climate for Peace: Released on June 19, this volume, commissioned by G7 members and produced by adelphi, International Alert, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the European Union Institute for Security Studies, addresses the intersection of climate change and state fragility. The report makes the case that climate risks should be integrated into the foreign policy priorities of G7 members.

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