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Our Flooded Past and Future: Old Stories, New Technologies and Responses to Future Climate Risks

gilgamesh_flood preparationFloods have wreaked havoc on communities since time immemorial, and play a significant role in the mythologies of disparate cultures, ranging from the Gilgamesh of ancient Babylon to Popol Vuh of the Mesoamerican Mayans. But while floods seem to have been prevalent in humanity’s misty past, they may play an even more prominent role in our future. (more…)

Weekly Wisdom: Yogi Berra on the Future

Yogi_Berra_1956Yogi Berra, the famously philosophical former American baseball player, once noted that: “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

And he was right. Our present is the future Berra was talking about, and in terms of the climate, it “ain’t what it used to be” for at least one million years. NASA scientist Dr. Charles Miller highlighted the unprecedented levels of CO2 emissions now in the atmosphere, which have been at and above 400ppm for the last several months – levels that humanity has never experienced before. (more…)

Climate & Security Weekend Watch List

488px-%22Movies_tonight..Keep_covered._Fight_the_peril_behind_the_lines%22_-_NARA_-_515032Happy Friday! There were a number of climate and security-related events over the past couple of weeks, some of which were recorded. Listed below are some that caught our eye, and might make for great weekend climate and security binge listening/watching! (more…)

UAE Takes Lead Role in the Gulf on Climate Action

HABSHAN_PIPELINE.1This is a crosspost by Andrew Holland of the American Security Project

Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of Abu Dhabi writes an important op-ed in Gulf News about the importance of finding solutions to climate change, titled “The Climate Change Challenge.” He says that Abu Dhabi will “bring the world together to drive more solutions” to this issue at a meeting in May called Abu Dhabi Ascent to drive momentum towards finding solutions to climate change. (more…)

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