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Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing on Climate Risks to Installations

Naval District Washington (NDW) officials present their smart grid pilot to John Conger  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kiona Miller/Released)

Naval District Washington (NDW) officials present their smart grid pilot to John Conger (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kiona Miller/Released)

On March 11, 2015, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing on “Military Construction, Environmental, Energy, and Base Closure Programs.” The testimony of John C. Conger, who is “performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense Energy, Installations and Environment,” is worth particular notice, as it directly addresses climate risks to the Department of Defense’s mission, and outlines prudent steps DoD it taking to prepare for and mitigate those risks.  (more…)

FEMA Comes to Norfolk for Flood Management Listening Session

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits up the Elizabeth River as it passes the downtown Norfolk waterfront after completing a successful and on-time six-month Planned Incremental Availability at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, VA. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Folnsbee/Released)

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on the Elizabeth River, downtown Norfolk waterfront after completing a Planned Incremental Availability at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Folnsbee/Released)

By Michael Wu, Center for Climate & Security Policy Fellow

Today, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) head to Norfolk, Virginia, to talk with locals about how to best protect the United States from the impacts of flooding. They’re coming to the right place. Norfolk is extremely vulnerable to sea level rise, recurrent floods, and volatile storms, all of which will be exacerbated by climate change. In fact, the entire Hampton Roads region has been rated the area most vulnerable to climate change on the entire eastern seaboard. (more…)

New Research: Food Riots, Governance and Climate Change

Protesters marching in Cairo, "Bread, Freedom, Social Justice By, Mariam Soliman from Cairo, Egypt

Protesters marching in Cairo, “Bread, Freedom, Social Justice By, Mariam Soliman from Cairo, Egypt

This is a cross-post from New Security Beat by Cullen Hendrix

*We draw special attention to the conclusion of the article (emphasis added):

Our research suggests that reducing urban biases, like food subsidies, may be good pro-poor policy, given the continued concentration of poverty in the countryside, but it carries political risks. Thus, developing country governments face a tradeoff in pursuing two separate but linked definitions of food security: food security as a component of human security, where pro-poor policies may be the best answer, and food security as a component of national security, where urban interests seem the most pressing.

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Open Comment & Listening Sessions: Federal Flood Risk Management Standard FEMA

Hampton Roads from space, by NASA/JPL

Hampton Roads from space, by NASA/JPL

Do you have an opinion on the new Executive Order 13690, Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input? If so, now is the time to submit a public comment or attend one of several listening sessions that will be held around the U.S. throughout the month of March. See the FEMA website and below for more background on Executive Order 13690 and the public comment and listening sessions. One of the listening sessions will be held in Norfolk, VA. For more on how climate change, sea level rise, flooding and military installations intersect see this Op-ed by CAPT Toll and RADM Titley on the climate threat to Hampton Roads(more…)

Center for Climate & Security Advisory Board Members on the National Security Strategy

SouthPorticoAdvisory Board members and staff of the Center for Climate and Security react to climate change listed as a “top strategic risk” in the Obama Administration’s National Security Strategy: (more…)

Watch: Gen. Sullivan on National Security Implications of Climate Change

GEN_Gordon_SullivanThe following is an announcement from Norwich University:

Norwich University welcomes former Army Chief of Staff and four-star General Gordon R. Sullivan, who will present, “National Security Implications of Climate Change” on February 5. Hosted by the College of National Services, Sullivan’s talk is the first of two spring Todd Lecture Series events in February 2015.

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m EST and there will be a live stream of the lecture.

Gen. Galloway on Climate Risks to Mississippi River Shipping

Flooding in downtown Memphis, TN; part of the 2011 Mississippi River floods (by Thegreenj)

Flooding in downtown Memphis, TN; part of the 2011 Mississippi River floods (by Thegreenj)

Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board member, Brigadier General Gerald Galloway, United States Army (Retired), recently sat down with Yale Climate Connections to discuss how climate change-related impacts could disrupt shipping flows along the Mississippi River. The Mississippi is a vital trade route for the United States. As Gen. Galloway notes: (more…)