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Climate and Security Week(s) in Review: September 17-30


A soldier with the South Carolina Army National Guard assists Conway Fire Search and Rescue teams with rescue efforts in Conway, S.C., in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 17, 2018. WILLIAM BROWN/U.S. ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

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

  • Sept 29 – Climate change is a national security issue. Here’s how the Naval Academy, like many military installations around the world, are preparing for sea level rise. via @DefendOurFuture
  • Sept 30 -My new piece in Current Climate Change Reports taking stock of the field of climate and security and how to make it more policy relevant. via @busbyj2

  • Sept 30 -Release:  CCS Applauds Choice of Rear Admiral Phillips as Virginia’s Coastal Resilience Lead via @CntrClimSec
  • Sept 28 -Army Assistant Secretary Nominee on Whether or Not Climate Change Affects the Military: “Absolutely.” via @CntrClimSec
  • Sept 28 -Climate Threats are Shaping Regional Security Cooperation in the Pacific via @CntrClimSec
  • Sept 27 – Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange brings >300 disaster response professionals together to enhance crisis response capacity in the Indo-Pacific via @PacificCommand
  • Sept 27 – nexus finds furtherance in ! Sir Tupou VI, King of Tonga said that UNSC must protect all from threats stemming from Climate change, as it also continues to “pose significant security threats to us as island States”. via @PlanSecu
  • Sept 27 -Yesterday at : , represented by Chairman , moderated a discussion at the meeting of the “Group of Friends on Climate and Security” – upon invitation by German FM & President of Baron Waqa via @MunSecConf
  • Sept 25 – Happy International Week! This year’s theme is “Our Changing Climates: Everybody’s Business”. We invited Dr. Marcus King of to speak. Dr. King specializes in climate & security issues, particularly as they pertain to water rights & water scarcity. via @cisrjmu
  • Sept 26 – Yesterday, President of spoke at the United Nations General Assembly 73rd General Debate. “Issues like sustainability, climate change and migration are not only about development and human rights. They are also essential questions of peace and security.” #UNGA via @FinEmbSin
  • Sept 26 -A good opportunity this morning to talk about vision of challenges for , and to explain the EU-Mauritius partnership in key areas such as change & security, at the Strategic Partnership Framework for for 2019-2023 via EuAmbMauritius
  • Sept 26 -Global agenda such as Climate Change & Peace/Security requires & of argues that partnership with the AU while keeping EU-ACP platform that brings together over 100 countries is critical. via @MintwabZelelew
  • Sept 26 -Good exchange with my colleague of the Dominican Republic  . Looking forward to working closely together at the the coming two years, particularly on climate change, the nexus climate/security and the challenges faced by . via @dreynders
  • Sept 26 -“Climate change continues to pose significant security threats to us as island States,” Tonga’s King told Wednesday, pointing to its “devastating impacts” on “our marine environment.” via @UN_News_Centre
  • Sept 26 – At the UN, Minister stresses the need for urgent action on the links between security and climate change, with small island developing states particularly at risk. via @Irish_Aid
  • Sept 26 -Meeting on and security. We need to transform our increasing understanding of how climate change affects security, into action & concrete policy options. Belgium will pursue the work of its predecessors in the on this issue. via @dreynders
  • Sept 26 – spoke at Group of Friends for Climate & Security. We’ll continue to mainstream security risks of climate change in , enhance the link through & work together to stand by , who are most affected by . via @NLatUN
  • Sept 26 -Interesting discussion event at UN today on climate/security nexus which I was invited to moderate by hosts, German FM Heiko Maas and the President of Nauru via @ischinger
  • Sept 27 – Norway and Germany close partners on the important issue of climate & security, great meeting in NYC with Georg Børsting, Policy Director in Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs @droege_s via @GERClimatEnergy
  • Sept 27 -At UN, Pacific Island leaders warn climate change poses dire security threat to their fragile countries and marine resources | UN News via @CliMig
  • Sept 27 -At UN, Tonga warns of dire security threats posed by climate change on island atoll countries via @asiapacificstar
  • Sept 24 -Colonel Ian Cumming, Defence Climate Security Advisor, reflects on the obligation and responsibility of the defence force to prepare for . via @SEI_Sydney
  • Sept 24 -So interesting to hear how climate change and sea level rise is presenting challenges to communities and the military. Panel members include people from academia, Center for Climate and Security, Dept of Homeland Security, and NC Dept of Env Quality – at James B. Hunt Jr. Library via Em_The_Engineer
  • Sept 24 -Critical & timely conversation about coastal flooding & climate change. Thanks for showing plus panel discussion.⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ Center for Climate and Security ⁦@AmerResProj⁩ via @CindyLincoln3
  • Sept 24 -The documentary “Tidewater,” from @AmerResProj, takes a look at the threat of rising seas to the Hampton Roads area of VA. You can watch the film here: via @SeaGrantNC
  • Sept 23 -LTG Todd Semonite 54th Chief of Engineers & USACE Commanding General discusses flood risk management operations along U.S. Hwy 501 in SC w members of the who are using USACE supplies and technical advice. via @USACEHQ
  • Sept 22 -This report shares climate change risks such as the loss of islands such as Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, and Tuvalu. Further down the road cities such as Miami and New Orleans face threat from sea level rise: via @issuelab
  • Sept 22 -MG Scott Spellmon, USACE DCG for Civil & Emergency Operations, & USACE CSM Bradley Houston, meet with LTC William Matheny of today on U.S. Route 501 to discuss ongoing efforts to mitigate flood risk following . via @USACEHQ
  • Sept 21 -“We’re not going anywhere anytime soon until we know the rivers have crested and the waters start to recede and communities can try to get back to some semblance of normalcy.” via @USNationalGuard
  • Sept 21 -Researchers have suggested that crime and social disorder could rise along with further temperature increases via @nytimes
  • Sept 20 -In Datacubes and Commonsensing, discusses the CommonSensing Project which leverages earth observation data to provide vital information regarding disaster and climate risks to inform planning, food security needs & environmental assessments. via @Mapbox
  • Sept 19 -“This is what a water panic looks like in a major global city.” via @NewSecurityBeat
  • Sept 19 -What do tomorrow’s military leaders need to learn about global economics, shifts in climate and water, capitalism and income inequality, and the national debt? via @WarOnTheRocks
  • Sept 19 – IOM conducts first climate data tracking in Lake Chad Basin – Cameroon | ReliefWeb via @CliMig
  • Sept 18 -Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux, USAF (Ret.) speaking at : “The U.S. military is planning for climate change.” “Military commanders are planning for increased natural disasters.” via @FaithforClimate
  • Sept 19 -Even as faces weather extremes, new technologies are helping us prepare for and respond to disaster – via @GFDRR
  • Sept 18 -Florence’s path shows Pentagon has to fight climate threats, especially in Hampton Roads via PilotOnline
  • Sept 18 -In North Carolina, 2 VA health centers remain closed through Sept. 24 due to the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Florence. All affected clinics and veteran centers in Virginia and South Carolina were reopened as of Tuesday via @starsandstripes
  • Sept 18 -Gen. O’Shaughnessy of , speaking to media just now in a news conference from Raleigh, gives DOD credit for an “outstanding” response to so far. He’s on to Q and A’s now (thread) -O’Shaughnessy says that the USS Kearsarge and USS Arlington are 10 miles off the coast at the border of the Carolinas, flying MV-22 operations. 2/In Charleston, the U.S. military moved forces from Moody AFB in Georgia to help with rescues, O’Shaughnessy says. Also, now that forces in the Virginia Beach have returned following the storm, they also are able to assist in the Carolinas, he says. 3/O’Shaughnessy says that high-water vehicles are “probably the most used asset” used now. He adds that the Coast Guard has the lead on search-and-rescue, but DOD also is assisting with it. 4/O’Shaughnessy says that the equipment and vehicles already in place will work if rivers continue to rise in North Carolina following . One example: Several hundred trucks at Fort Bragg have been used, including in rescues. 5/ O’Shaughnessy says there are about 700 active-duty forces in North Carolina, and about 600 more in S. Carolina. That, of course, is not counting National Guard, Coast Guard and several thousand active-duty troops assisting from locations like Fort AP Hill in Virginia. 6/Perhaps illustrating the difficulty with communications in North Carolina, O’Shaughnessy’s video feed just went dead. He comes back to reporters in the Pentagon via phone. 7/O’Shaughnessy says “we’re not out of the woods” with flooding following . The Coast Guard is doing “the preponderance of the rescuing,” he says. 8/NORTHCOM is “a little bit more involved” in relief effort than previous hurricane relief efforts to coordinate DOD efforts across the board, O’Shaughnessy acknowledges. That comes at the direction of Secretary Mattis, he says. 9/Final comments from O’Shaughnessy: national response framework working as designed. This is a point he has been hitting over and over in the last few days. It comes, of course, after last year’s difficulties following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. 10/10 via @DanLamothe
  • Sept 17 -. observes the flooding from in Onslow County, N.C. We stand with our communities in their time of need and our primary concern is helping affected communities recover. via @USArmy
  • Sept 18 -Catastrophic flooding from Florence is expected to worsen in coming days, prompting the U.S. military to keep thousands of troops prepared to help, general says via @starsandstripes
  • Sept 17 -Over 13,000 are working with state and local authorities in the Carolinas to help those impacted by . The “Total Army” active, guard, reserve and Army Corps of Engineers are supporting , , and the people of North and South Carolina via @ArmyChiefStaff
  • Sept 18 -“What I have seen is that inland river flooding linked to hurricanes and heavy storms is a huge risk in the Southeast, but receives far less attention in emergency plans than coastal areas.” – Craig E. Colten via via @ddimick
  • Sept 18 -. postured to support our friends, allies – US currently in the Philippines for training & standing by, ready to respond to typhoon relief efforts, should they be called. Exercise KAMANDAG 2 strengthens our ability to respond together to any crisis via @PacificCommand
  • Sept 17 -With ‘s flooding expected to worsen, the U.S. military could respond in North Carolina for days, four-star generals say in interview this evening. The state of play now includes MV-22 operations off Navy ships nearby via @DanLamothe

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