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On the Hill this Week: Hearings on Climate and Security This Week

800px-United_States_Capitol_Building-_west_front_editThere will be two hearings in the U.S. Congress this week that are directly relevant to the intersection of climate change and security. Below is the basic information for both hearings taken from the websites of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, respectively. Stay tuned for more coverage of these hearings over the next few days. (more…)

Weekly Wisdom: Arctic Representative Admiral Robert Papp Jr. on Climate Change

409px-ADMIRALPappFormer U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, retired Admiral Robert Papp Jr., has just been appointed as the U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic Region. Given the rapid physical and political changes in the Arctic, this is an important new position.

Recently, Admiral Papp discussed dealing with climate change in what he called “the world of consequence management.” His full quote:

I am not a scientist. I can read what scientists say, but I’m in the world of consequence management. My first turn in Alaska was 39 years ago, and during the summertime we had to break ice to get up to the Bering Strait and to get to Kotzebue. Thirty-five years later, going up there as commandant, we flew into Kotzebue at the same time of year; I could not see ice anywhere. So it is clear to me there are changes happening, but I have to deal with the consequences of that.

You can also find another great interview with Admiral Papp after the Coast Guard released its Arctic Strategy in May 2013.

National Defense Magazine: Climate Change One of Top 5 Threats to National Security

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), a highly-respected Defense Industry association, produces a regular publication called National Defense Magazine. The magazine is a go-to resource for anyone who wishes to take the temperature of the national security establishment in the United States. (more…)

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