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Climate and Security Week in Review: May 28-June 3


Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The camp is one of three, which house up to 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing inter-communal violence in Burma. Photo by Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Here are a list of notable headlines and comments on climate and security matters from the past week. If we’ve missed any, let us know.

  • Senate report on climate change and national security offers opportunities for Defence | Anthony Bergin | via @ASPI_org
  • Climate change is key security risk, says: ‘Ever more frequent extreme weather events will create new vulnerabilities.’ via @IISS_org

  • French Armed Forces Minister, Florence Parly, speaks at final session. She highlighted France’s interest in the region’s maritime security, including the , on terrorism, Korean Peninsula crisis, & climate change. via @JanetDEGibson
  • . remarks to suggest we are going to see climate change feature more prominently in NZ Strategic Defence Policy Statement to be launched later this month. via @davidcapie
  • Today we’re covering the issues of climate security with Research Fellow and migration as a human security perspective with Victoria Rietig, Senior Migrant Fellow , Great discussions and active participants! via @FokochForsvar
  • .‘s Cathy Wilson says the lab she works with considers the effects of climate change as a serious and emerging threat to national security. via @uafairbanks
  • Strong likelihoods of drier-than-average climate the next few months in some areas around the world. Details in our May summary: via @climatesociety
  • Interested in the latest cutting edge climate & security tools? ’s “PZP Toolkit” highlights the work of 40 data viz & decision support tools that examine the root causes of insecurity as well as the impacts of global climate change Tweet 1/2 via @PhaseZeroNA
  • “Not only our national security, but our homeland, is at greater risk until we take the climate threat seriously.” With Hurricane season starting June 1st, offers advice for emergency planners to prepare for extreme weather events. via @TheWilsonCenter
  • The as a Climate Governance Institution | Profs Shirley Scott, Charlotte Ku “Australia and US are taking climate security seriously. Global climate change governance has been never-ending hope in the face of continuous disappointment”
  • One of the strongest cyclones ever to hit Oman — equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane. Landfall in a few hours. via @EricHolthaus
  • The changing role of international organisations such as the and the recognition that represents a growing security threat is vital in moving forward with an approach of Climate change impacts rep growing threat via @sturrin1
  • The revised National Alert informs of a shift of the heavy rainfall from south eastern (mainly Somali region) to the central, western and parts of northern Ethiopia. Flood incidents continue to be reported via OCHA_Ethiopia
  • Great day seeing firsthand how our 2018 team has been strengthening relationships with Thailand; from health care, to disaster relief, to sport. We have really appreciated the fantastic Thai reception and friendships we have enjoyed in Sattahip. via @CaptPeterOlive
  • Thank you John Conger from for talking about the environment and climate change, and why the two factors are important considerations in the national security sector. via @TWCInterships
  • Thank you to all the impressive participants at today’s Pacific Climate Change & Security Wananga, including our MFAT, MoD & NZDF partners who supported & contributed to this event. It reflected the critical role inclusive Track 1.5 dialogue has in informing the Pacific reset. via @AnnaPowles
  • I met Belgian prime minister earlier where we discussed issues of peace and security, climate change and our shared values of multilateralism in an increasingly fearful world. via @AUC_MoussaFaki
  • The foreign affairs, defence and trade committee inquiry into the implications of climate change has handed down its final report, with several recommendations given to the Department of Defence and national security agencies via @DefenceConnect

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