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We’re Recruiting: 5-month Consultant for CSR’s Work Examining Climate/Ecological Security and Emerging Diseases

The Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) is seeking an independent consultant with a strong background in climate change and ecological issues, and knowledge or eagerness to learn about how these issues are affecting the risk of disease spillover. The consultant will contribute to exciting, multidisciplinary work to shape policies and practices for reducing this risk.

Background and Details for Applicants

CSR is currently conducting a research project that explores the safety and security considerations associated with pandemic prevention research in sites at high risk for zoonotic disease spillover. The team is interested in understanding the role that conservation and ecological interventions can play in quelling/preventing outbreaks at the source, and how these practices can be optimally integrated into pandemic prevention. This project also seeks to enhance the connectivity between the ecological security and biological security fields in order to maximize the utility of pandemic prevention research while minimizing risks.


Briefer: One Year Later: Unraveling Climate and Ecological Security in Ukraine

By Elsa Barron, Brigitte Hugh, and Michael R. Zarfos

Edited by Tom Ellison

On February 24, 2022, the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine irrevocably altered the geopolitical landscape. The year since has witnessed a devastating humanitarian catastrophe in the country, and also a complex and systemic interplay of climate change, environmental degradation, and conflict.

In the wake of the initial invasion, the Center for Climate and Security published a briefer overviewing challenges and concerns regarding climate and ecological security in the midst of the conflict. One year after the invasion, this briefer reassesses the war’s implications for the energy transition, as well as global climate, ecological and food security.

Briefer: The Devil’s in the Deep: Marine Fisheries, Ecological Tipping Point Risks, and Maritime Security

By David Michel

Escalating human pressures are transforming the world’s seas. Habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, pollution, resource depletion, and the mounting effects of global climate change increasingly threaten ocean ecosystems. Many stresses interact, generating compound risks that could push marine systems over tipping points past which they cannot readily recover.

For countries and communities reliant on ocean resources, the ramifications could be considerable, jeopardizing the livelihoods, security, and welfare of millions of people.

REPORT RELEASE: The Nexus of Climate Change, Ecological Disruption, Stability, and Security

By Andrea Rezzonico

Last week, the Climate and Land Use Alliance launched Climate and Forests 2030, a program aimed at mobilizing finance at scale to help realize the potential of forests to mitigate climate change, benefit people, and protect biodiversity.

CSR contributed a report to this effort titled “The Nexus of Climate Change, Ecological Disruption, Stability, and Security,” which was authored by experts from each of CSR’s three institutes: The Center for Climate and Security, The Converging Risks Lab, and the Nolan Center. This work is a part of CSR’s greater mission to address these converging risks under its newly expanded Ecological Security Program, an initiative of the Converging Risks Lab.

The report examines how climate change and ecological degradation, particularly deforestation and poor land use practices, intersect to undermine security and create instability. It analyzes how this nexus affects security in four categories: the intra-state, inter-state, and non-state actor levels, as well as looking at Indigenous and vulnerable populations through a lens of justice and equity. It then offers concrete recommendations aimed at both managing existing risks and preventing catastrophic risks in the long term. 

Recommendations highlighted in the report include:

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