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2017 Closes with Heightened National and International Attention to Climate and Security

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The Center for Climate and Security team at the Hague (from left): Rachel Fleishman, Heather Messera, Shiloh Fetzek, Hon. Sherri Goodman, Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, USN (Ret)

The close of 2017 demonstrated that attention to the security risks of climate change has grown significantly on the international stage. The annual international climate security gathering, the Planetary Security Conference (PSC for the acronym-inclined), took place in The Hague on December 12-13, and was immediately followed by a UN Security Council dialogue on climate and security on December 15, chaired by the Italian government. Further, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Congress, the EU and the Australian Senate, all showed leadership on addressing this risk. (more…)

OSCE Launches Challenge to Visualize Climate and Security Risks

800px-2013_colorado_floods_natl_guardThe Organization for Security and Co-ooperation in Europe (OSCE) has just launched a contest to find an image and tagline to visualize the security risks of climate change. Distilling the complex interlinkages between climate change and security to a single image is certainly a challenge! Additional information from the OSCE website is listed below. Deadline for entry is September 22.  (more…)

Global Climate Security Webinar Series

Tempe_Arizona_AirArizona State University’s Global Security Initiative (GSI) and the Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) are launching a series of webinars titled the “Global Climate Security Series.” The Center for Climate and Security is partnering with GSI and SSF to develop and promote the webinars, and encourages anyone who is interested to attend. It’s going to kick off with a great roster of panelists (see below), in the first webinar titled “Peace, Conflict and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape,” which will be held on August 25 from 1:15pm to 2:45pm EDT. To register for it, click here.

See below for a full description of the first webinar, or visit GSI’s Global Climate Security Series webpage. (more…)

Climate Security Prominent in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) loads boxes of food and water donated by USAID during humanitarian aid missions to Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

The crew of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) loads boxes of food and water donated by USAID during humanitarian aid missions to Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

This afternoon the State Department released the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, (QDDR), a document outlining the strengths and gaps in our diplomacy and development efforts. The QDDR lists four strategic priorities. “Mitigating and adapting to climate change” is one of these priorities, along with “preventing and mitigating conflict and violent extremism,” “promoting resilient, open, democratic societies,” and “advancing inclusive economic growth.” As Secretary Kerry noted in the launch of the QDDR: “Each of these priorities is related to the need to provide better governance across the globe. They are all linked. “ (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.

Must Watch: Dr. Chad Briggs on Climate Security Then and Now

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, HAWAII (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, HAWAII (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

In case you missed it, Dr. Chad Briggs recently gave a keynote address, “Making Your Own Fate: Climate Risks and Planning for Security,” at the 11th Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference, Weathering Change Pathways to Sustainability In Canada. The conference asked “executives from the insurance and financial sectors, social entrepreneurs, an advisor to the US military, energy experts, and some of Canada’s top economists to take a hard look at such topics as food security, the future of international governance arrangements, and Canada’s energy landscape.” All presentations from the conference can be found here(more…)

Four-Star Warning: US Military Refuses To Be ‘Too Late’ On Climate Change

800px-Douglas_MacArthur_lands_Leyte1On the heels of the Department of Defenses’ updated Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board members General Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret), former commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command, General Ron Keys, USAF (ret), former commander of U.S. Air Combat Command , and Admiral Frank “Skip” Bowman, USN (ret), the former director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and the deputy administrator for Naval Reactors in the NNSA, wrote an Op-ed titled: “The US military refuses to be ‘too late’ on climate change.” The Op-ed was picked-up by over 30 newspapers across the United States and globally. (more…)