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U.S. Department of Defense: Funding Available for Environmental Research and Development

ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 4, 2020—The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area.  SERDP invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced technology development.  The development and application of innovative environmental technologies will reduce the costs, environmental risks, and time required to resolve environmental problems while, at the same time, enhancing and sustaining military readiness.


How Federal Climate Change Actions and Inactions on Food Security Affect the Department of Defense

Marc Kodack PhotoBy Dr. Marc Kodack

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has an interest in what other federal agencies are doing to address climate change risks in their programs because some of these programs assist DoD in lowering its’ current and future deployment and operational risks, including risks to the health and well-being of its force. This is particularly the case regarding climate change impacts on food security.

In this context, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) conducted a broad review of climate change adaptation programs across the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last summer that included (but was not limited to) food security, and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) audited the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on how USAID reports direct and indirect climate change adaptation actions. (more…)

What Would a Climate-Focused Defense Budget Look Like?

John Conger talks to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on climate threats to the U.S. military – April 25, 2019

By John Conger

Every Administration makes changes to the draft budget they receive before it is submitted to Congress, and there’s every reason to expect that to be the case with a President Biden.  The budget is supposed to be submitted by the first Monday in February, but that deadline is rarely met.  Incoming Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush submitted their budgets in April, while President Barack Obama submitted his first budget in May.  In this window, changes get made to better reflect the priorities of the incoming Administration.


VIDEO: Can Climate Change Increase the Risk of Nuclear War?

By Natasha E. Bajema, Ph.D.

Yes. But it’s Complicated.

In the second video of its new series on nuclear detonation risks and climate change, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) posed questions about the impact of climate change on conflict and nuclear proliferation to five leading national security experts with different perspectives. Together, their diverse answers may help us to better understand the complex linkages across climate change, domestic, regional, and global conflict, the effect of nuclear energy on carbon emissions, future trends in nuclear proliferation, prospects for cooperation within the global nuclear order, and the potential for conflict escalation and nuclear war.

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