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U.S. GAO Issues 2 Reports in 2 Months Covering Climate and Security

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office, or GAO, has issued two reports in the past two months that address the security implications of climate change. One on climate and migration, and the other on emerging threats.

The most recent, titled “Climate Change: Activities of Selected Agencies to Address Potential Impact on Global Migration” was released last month. The full report is worth a read, but the section on climate change, migration and possible national security implications is particularly interesting, not least as the GAO is wisely cautious about how it describes those dynamics. In the section titled “Climate Change Impacts on Migration that May Affect National Security,” on page 6, the report states: (more…)

Hear, Hear! Climate and Water Security on the Hill This Week

800px-United_States_Capitol_Building-_west_front_editOn Thursday, January 16, the United States Senate and House of Representatives will be holding hearings on climate change and water security.  The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing entitled, “Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan” at 9:15 AM EST.   (more…)