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Slate: Climate Change, Unrest in North Africa and Terrorism
Slate’s Abraham Riesman published a piece yesterday titled: “Could Climate Change Be Al-Qaida’s Best Friend in Africa?” Riesman includes quotes from the Center for Climate and Security, as well as from our colleague Dr. Nancy Brune of the Center for a New American Security. The piece focuses on the social, economic, environmental and climatic factors associated with unrest in Mali and northwest Africa, and how those factors might relate to the strength of non-state actors, including terrorist organizations. Worth a look.
More on the National Intelligence Council and Climate Change: Global Trends 2030
Michael Werz and Arpita Bhattacharyya at the Center for American Progress have posted a good summary of the climate change sections of the National Intelligence Council’s (NIC) recently-released report, “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” (you can find the full report here). Namely, they highlight findings from the study which demonstrate that 1) “Food, water, and energy demands will increase as populations rise and climate change will further constrain these resources…” and 2) “changes in resource availability and weather patterns will also likely influence migration…” They also mention some recent climate-security studies that are consistent with the NIC report, including one by us from last March:
The 2030 report adds to the growing body of research on climate change and security factors. Tom Friedman highlighted the role of climate change in the Arab Spring earlier this year, highlighting an important analysis by the Center for Climate & Security on climate change’s impact on the situation in Syria. The Center for American Progress has released three major reports on how climate change, migration, and security factors will play out in different regions of the world.
The NIC report also draws attention to potential “black swan” events, such as pandemics, accelerated climate change, and solar storms. In other words, known unknowns…
Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board
We are happy to announce that our colleague, the inimitable Colonel Mark “Puck” Mykleby, USMC (Ret), has recently joined the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. (more…)
Lieutenant General John G. Castellaw Joins the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board
It is our pleasure to welcome the newest member of our Advisory Board, Lieutenant General John G. Castellaw, United States Marine Corps (Retired). (more…)