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Release: Experts Identify 12 Major Epicenters of Climate Risks to International Security

EpicentersReportCoverRelease: Experts Identify 12 Major Epicenters of Climate-Related Risks to International Security

Oxford, UK, 9 June 2017 — Security experts have identified 12 key climatic risks to international security that may shape the geostrategic landscape of the 21st century. These 12 risks are explored in a multi-author volume by the Center for Climate and Security and partners titled Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene, released Friday at the Fourth Annual Deserts Conference at Oxford University. In the wake of extraordinary upheaval in the international effort to address climate change, the report presents a compelling case for why tackling these climate and security “epicenters” – major categories of climate-driven risks to international security – should be a top priority for governments and institutions around the world.

“Any one of the climate and security epicenters can be disruptive,” said Caitlin Werrell, Co-President of the Center for Climate and Security and editor of the report. “Taken together, however, these epicenters can present a serious challenge to international security as we understand it.” (more…)

Video: Hill Briefing on Climate Change and the U.S. Military’s Mission

IMG_9747On June 5, The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HMJ) hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill exploring climate change risks to U.S. national security – particularly, the effect on Department of Defense (DoD) force readiness, missions and infrastructure. The discussion ranged from prospective impacts on overseas missions, to the current effects of sea level rise and increased flooding on the daily lives of service members and their families on military bases and surrounding communities throughout the United States. Speakers included EESI Executive Director Carol Werner, CCS Director of Government Affairs Colonel Tom Watson, USAF (Ret), and the following distinguished members of the CCS Advisory Board: (more…)

Capitol Hill Briefing: The National Security Implications of Climate Change

CCS_EESI_LOGOSThe Center for Climate and Security (CCS) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing on the role of climate change as a “threat multiplier” in the geopolitical landscape and the implications that has for U.S. national security. The briefing will be held on Monday, June 5, 2017, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Room 334, Cannon House Office Building. Please RSVP to expedite check-in. Live webcast (connection permitting) will be streamed. (more…)

Senator Graham on Climate Change, National Security and the Military Perspective

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Senator Lindsey Graham speaking climate change and national security [Image: The Center for Climate and Security, May 16, 2017]

At an event on Capitol Hill Wednesday sponsored by the Center for Climate and Security and its partners (Deploy/US, the Evangelical Environmental Network and the R Street Institute), Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) highlighted the opportunity for a bipartisan approach to climate change and clean energy policy. Specifically focusing on the national security and military perspective, Senator Graham noted: “From a national security side: Retired generals and admirals, the more you speak about the national security implications, the easier it is for a Republican to get involved.” (more…)

Event: Climate, Energy, and Security with Senators Graham and Whitehouse

Graham_Whitehouse_HeadshotsPlease join the Center for Climate and Security and its partners for a bipartisan-sponsored event on Capitol Hill this Tuesday, May 16, at 2:00 pm. The event, titled “Energy, Security, and Climate Solutions: Moral, Military and Business Perspectives” will be held at the Senate Hart Building Room 902, Washington, D.C. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will give opening remarks, followed by a panel moderated by Greta Van Susteren. Panelists include:

  • Mitch Hescox, President, Evangelical Environmental Network
  • General Ron Keys, USAF (Ret), Advisory Board, The Center for Climate and Security
  • Eli Lehrer, President, R Street Institute
  • Elizabeth Tate, Director of Public Policy, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Senior Military Leaders Talk Climate and National Security on Capitol Hill

On April 27th, the American Security Project (ASP) and the Center for Climate & Security (CCS) held a briefing on Capitol Hill highlighting climate change risks to military readiness and national security, as well as what Congress could do to help. The panel included Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board member, Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), and Brigadier General David McGinnis USA (Ret.). The Center for Climate and Security’s Director of Government Affairs, Colonel Thomas Watson, USAF (Ret.), provided opening remarks, and the discussion was moderated by ASP’s Senior Fellow for Energy and Climate, Andrew Holland. For a short recap and a full video of the event, click here.

Hill Briefing: Climate Change and the Risks to National Security

800px-United_States_Capitol_Building-_west_front_editOn April 27th, senior military and national security experts Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN (Ret.), Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.), and Brigadier General David McGinnis, USA (Ret.) will discuss military planning for climate change and how Congress can support the Department of Defense in preparing for a changing climate. Our military prepares for a range of threats to America’s national security: from state-to-state wars to terrorism, disaster response to stability operations. Climate change, by changing the environment in which the military operates, will affect all aspects of the military’s planning. As Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently affirmed, the military knows that preparation and risk management are appropriate measures to reducing such threats. Join the American Security Project and the Center for Climate and Security on April 27th at 1:00PM in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-419. RSVP to ebabson@americansecurityproject.org.