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Assessing Climate Security Vulnerability in Africa: CCAPS’s new online dashboard

Africa_1971_2000_mean_temperatureThe Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program recently released a new online dashboard that allows users to assess climate and security vulnerability in Africa. According to their website:

CCAPS climate dashboard, an online platform that displays data on physical, socio-economic, demographic, and political insecurities to assess how these factors contribute to “climate security” vulnerability in Africa.” (more…)

Climate Adaptation A Crucial Part of African Peace and Security

Severe_Drought_Famine_in_East_Africa,_April_1,_2011_-_June_30,_2011A report was just released from a two-day workshop held last November: Climate Change Adaptation and Peacebuilding in Africa. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Institute for Security Studies, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and U.S. Department of State. (more…)

CNA’s Vice Admiral Lee Gunn Goes to Texas to Talk Climate and Security

800px-NASJRB_Fort_Worth_overhead_shotVice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.) went to Texas on behalf of the Center for Naval Analyses’ Military Advisory Board to talk about climate change as a threat to national security.  While in the Lone Star State, Admiral Gunn spoke with policymakers and energy leaders.  He also made time to meet with Mose Buchele of StateImpact Texas for an interview to discuss the impacts of climate change on international security and military installations in Texas. Here is a part of the interview that looks at the overlapping stresses between governance, unrest, and climatic and ecological variables: (more…)

Climate Change and African Political Stability: Research Supported by DoD’s Minerva Initiative

Just saw this piece on Co.Exist – a website devoted to innovative ideas and solutions to resource use – on the Climate Change and African Political Stability program, which is funded through DoD’s Minerva Initiative. It gives a nice, brief look at the very useful mapping tool created by Dr. Joshua Busby, which shows “multiple dimensions of climate vulnerability and risks.” It’s not a new story, but for those unfamiliar with Busby’s work, it’s worth a read.

Mugabe’s Zimbabwe: Climate Change and Bad Governance Fuel Fears of Another Famine

It is hard to imagine Robert Mugabe’s regime in Zimbabwe doing anything right, so it is not surprising that the country is ill-prepared for the impacts of climate change. A recent article in AlertNet highlights the dramatic rainfall variability the country has been experiencing, which has led to severe crop failures, and requests for international food assistance from a government that has in the past blocked the distribution of such aid – condemning millions of its citizens to famine. (more…)

The Sahel: Weather, Extremism and Weapons

The Economist published an interesting, if alarming, piece on Saturday exploring the explosive intersection of shifting weather patterns, political extremism, and the movement of heavy weapons in the Sahel region of Africa (for those who are unfamiliar, the Sahel constitutes the 5,400 km-wide arid and semi-arid plains south of the Sahara desert, and north of the more water-rich Sudanian Savannahs, stretching like a vast ribbon from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea). (more…)

AFRICOM’s General Ham: Full Testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee

We previously reported on General Carter F. Ham’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, summarizing his comments on the challenges of environmental and climate security in Africa (particularly in regards to water), and what U.S. Africa Command needed to meet those challenges. The full testimony is now up. We have posted the exchange between Senator Mark Udall and General Ham, which touched on these areas, below.

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