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Release: New Report on Converging Nuclear Energy, Climate and Security Risks in Egypt

CSR Working Group on Climate Nuclear Security Affairs_Egypt Report_2019_6_11Washington, DC, June 12, 2019 – Today the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR), the parent organization of the Center for Climate and Security, released a new report titled “Nuclear Energy Developments, Climate Change, and Security in Egypt,” through its Converging Risks Lab program. The report explores the ways in which nuclear, climate and security trends are converging in this critical country – an under-explored yet potentially very consequential security issue.

This report comes on the heels of U.S. policy-makers in Congress recognizing the importance of understanding the intersection of nuclear and climate trends. Last week, the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Strategic Forces approved language to the FY20 National Defense Authorization Bill stating that the Department of Defense “must plan to ensure the viability of the nuclear enterprise” at least throughout the planned nuclear modernization program. As such, it requires “the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, to provide a report to the House Committee on Armed Services not later than March 31, 2020, assessing the effects of climate change on the U.S. nuclear enterprise, to include bases, ports, laboratories, plants, sites, and testing facilities, through 2080.” (more…)

SAIS Review of International Affairs Special Volume on Climate and Environmental Security

Digging_irrigation_channels,_Palmyra,_SyriaThe SAIS Review of International Affairs has just published an excellent new volume titled: “The Era of Man: Environmental Security on a Changing Planet.” Contributors to the volume include a range of key experts in the climate, environmental security, security studies and foreign policy fields, covering topics that span sectors and the globe.

The Center for Climate and Security’s contribution to the volume includes an article by Werrell, Femia and Sternberg titled “Did We See it Coming? State Fragility, Climate Vulnerability, and the Uprisings in Syria and Egypt,” which builds on reports from 2012 and 2013. The article examines two popular indices, one measuring state fragility and the other measuring climate vulnerability, to assess whether or not deteriorating water and food security dynamics in both countries in the years leading up to the uprisings, were captured in these different tools.

The Center for Climate Security’s Advisory Board member, Dr. David Titley, and his colleague Katarzyna Zysk, also contributed to the volume with: “Signals, Noise, and Swans in Today’s Arctic.” The article looks at ‘the “signals” (ongoing trends), the “noise” (short-term fluctuations) and the “swans” (the wild cards) in the environmental changes in the Arctic and their geopolitical implications.’

See below for the full list of articles, here for the Editor’s note, which summarizes each article, and here for the entire volume. (more…)

Four North African Nations Sign Water-Sharing Agreement Plan

Photo by DAVID HOLTFour nations, Chad, Egypt, Libya, and Sudan, have signed a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) over the sharing of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System.  The aquifer lies beneath the four nations and is the largest known “fossil” or non-renewable system in the world.  According to a press release by the International Atomic Energy Agency: (more…)

Journal Articles Detailing 20 Years of Water Conflict and Cooperation Made Available

Sudan_Nile_agriculture_LandsatUN University is providing an extraordinary resource for those interested in the nexus of water, conflict and cooperation. Essentially, they have excavated 20-years’ worth of academic articles on the subject from beneath the journal pay-wall, complied them all in one place, and made them free to access through 2014. (more…)

The Arab Awakening in a Changing Climate

Tunisian_Revolution_ProtestThanks to the Tunisian news service Nawaat for publishing our short article titled “The Arab Awakening in a Changing Climate.” Click here for the English version, and here for the French.

Toronto Star on the Arab Spring and Climate Change

Cistern,_Qanawat,_NW_SyriaThe Toronto Star devoted an impressive amount of space this past weekend to articles exploring the role of climate change in the Arab world, before and after the trans-formative changes in the region. All three articles cite our recent multi-author volume, “The Arab Spring and Climate Change,” as well as other perspectives from social scientists. To read the full pieces, click on the links below.

Prepared Remarks on Global Food and Climate Security

Byzantine_agricultureThe following speech was delivered on Dec. 12, 2012 in Washington, DC by Caitlin Werrell, at a global food security and climate change lunch conversation for bishops from the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 

I was invited to discuss the human security risks that climate change presents, specifically (but not exclusively) related to food security. I will briefly look at what we mean by climate as a security risk, discuss a couple of case studies and then close on what this might mean going forward for food security and your programs. (more…)