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With infinite gratitude to all those heroic excavators and compilers of information that came before us (as well as the authors who produced that information), we are launching a new climate and security resources page, which we will endeavor to keep regularly updated with all sorts of interesting climate and security stuff. Here you will find government reports and strategic documents, academic papers, Congressional hearing transcripts, UN resolutions, and other policy-oriented information on the nexus of climate change and national and international security.
We have organized the resources first by type (government, academic, etc) and second by chronology, so you can more easily look for the information that is most useful to you as either a researcher, journalist, policy-maker or casual climate and security aficionado. And if you know of a good resource that we’ve left off the list, feel free to let us know.
And what better post-break gift than a new report from the Center for a New American Security? “Cooperation from Strength: The United States, China and the South China Sea” is a good one. You should read the whole thing. But given our focus on climate and security, we’re going to briefly highlight the section on climate change in Will Rogers’ chapter “The Role of Natural Resources in the South China Sea.” (more…)
Andrew Revkin brings attention to NOAA’s new graph detailing the recent rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations in its historical and pre-historical context (it goes back 800,000 years). This is a case of effective data presentation, to say the least.
In terms of scale and rate of change, civilization has not experienced a shift in CO2 concentrations of this magnitude. We need not even whisper that there may be serious security implications. The science makes the case loud and clear.