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The Geopolitics of COVID-19 and Climate Change

COVID-19By Shiloh Fetzek

The Stockholm Environment Institute and Mistra Geopolitics hosted a webinar on the Geopolitics of COVID-19 and Climate Change on 3 April. It covered how the ongoing crisis might impact climate ambition in the near term, whether or not global cooperation around the Covid response might increase resilience and counteract trends toward nationalism and isolationism, and how best to integrate climate and sustainability objectives into pandemic recovery efforts. (more…)

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…)

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