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Climate Security Week in Review April 14-23

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Bugle Megaphone, Fort Totten (LOC)

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.

  • Somalia Floods have displaced over 38,000 IDPs and existing IDP settlements remain at risk. rainy season started in March and rains have continued into April in southern and central regions. Read more in our crisis analysis: via @ACAPSproject
  • Will the #G7 foreign and security ministers make the connection between climate change and security, asks @jjkirton http://uoft.me/3-H @g7 @cafreeland @RalphGoodale via@g7_rg

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Senior Military Leaders to Congress: Climate Change Presents Strategic Challenges in the Arctic

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General O’Shaughnessy, nominee for NORTHCOM & NORAD Commander, responds to a question on climate change before the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 17, 2018

By Heather Messera

“The damn thing melted” – Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer on the Arctic, April 19, 2018

Over just the past few days, three senior military leaders from the Air Force and the Navy have raised significant concerns about the effects of climate change on the military mission in the Arctic.

First, on Tuesday, April 17, 4-star Air Force General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding his nomination to be Commander of United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). While the full hearing is worth watching (including the comments of Admiral Davidson, the PACOM nominee), a notable exchange on climate change between Senator Blumenthal and General O’Shaughnessy occurred at the 1:27:08 minute mark.  Asked about whether or not climate change presents strategic challenges in the Arctic – part of NORTHCOMs and NORADs Area of Responsibility (AoR) – General O’Shaughnessy replied “Senator, it absolutely does.” General O’Shaughnessy then went on to detail increases in activity in a thawing Arctic, highlighting the need to consider strategic competition in the region with Russia and China.  (more…)

UNESCO Courier on Climate Security & the Anthropocene

somaliaThe UNESCO Courier just released a new issue, “Welcome to the Anthropocene.” The Wide Angle portion of the journal includes an article by The Center for Climate and Security’s Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia on climate change and conflict, summarized below (read the full article here):

The effects of global warming on the world’s physical landscape often lead to geopolitical changes that threaten to destabilize already vulnerable regions, like the Horn of Africa. The stresses on natural resources undermine the capacity of nations to govern themselves, and increase the chances of conflicts. When compared to other drivers of international security risks, climate change can be modelled with a relatively high degree of certainty. But between predicting and preparing, there is still a long way to go.

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Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board

LtGen Lanza_USA_RetThe Center for Climate and Security is pleased and honored to announce that Lieutenant General Stephen Lanza, United States Army (Retired), has joined its distinguished Advisory Board of military, national security and foreign policy leaders.

LtGen Lanza recently retired from the Army, where his last assignment was as U.S. Army Commanding General and Senior Mission Commander for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Tacoma, Washington. As the Senior Army Commander of JBLM, he led the nation’s most important joint power projection platform in the West Coast, providing superior leadership to 14 major subordinate commands and seven directorates and orchestrating their efforts to train, equip, and care for over 155,000 service members and civilians across the U.S. Armed Forces. Read more.  (more…)

Military Leaders Address Climate, Sea-Level Rise and Resilience at House Appropriations Committee

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Major General Timothy Green, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers, speaks to the House Appropriations Committee on actions by the Air Force to address sea level rise risks to Langley Air Force Base, April 12, 2018

“We are already altering how we do the engineering work to protect our facilities and our missions.” – Major General Timothy Green, Air Force Director of Civil Engineers

“Our goal is resiliency across the board.” – Hon. Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment)

On April 12, 2018, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs held an oversight hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 military construction budget.  During the hearing, Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA), a former Navy SEAL who represents Naval Station Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region, raised the importance of preparing for climate change.  He asked Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment) Lucian Niemeyer whether the Department of Defense (DoD) was taking the necessary steps to ensure Norfolk and the other bases in his district were being made resilient to the effects of sea level rise. (more…)

Climate Security Week in Review April 7-13

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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.

  • In what ways could the the Security Council address the global security challenges brought about by ? ‘s Shirley Scott explores this in her new book Climate Change and the UN Security Council via @UNSWCanberra

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Climate Security Week in Review, March 31-April 6

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Photograph of the newsreel press at a national address by FDR at the White House, Washington, D.C.

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.

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