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The Climate Threat to the US Energy System

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Solar panels are tested during a NATO exercise in Hungary

In an article published in Defense One last week, Amy Myers Jaffe highlights the results of a March 2019 Council on Foreign Relations workshop with 44 experts (including the Director of the Center for Climate and Security, John Conger) titled “Climate Risk Impacts on the Energy System: Examining the Financial, Security, and Technological Dimensions.” The conversation was wide-ranging, exploring critical energy systems across both the civilian and military realms. On the military side of the ledger, the group raised serious concerns about the vulnerability of the Department of Defense’s energy supply to climate change-driven disruptions. In particular: (more…)

Release: Japan’s Economy is Exposed to Significant Security Risks from Climate Change, Experts Warn

Japanese Industry in an Unstable Climate_Cover_May 2019Climate Change Lessons From the US Military_For Japanese Industry_Cover_2019_5Tokyo, Japan, May 30, 2019 – Japan’s economic competitiveness is threatened by a heavy reliance on imports from countries that face multiple climate change-exacerbated security risks, and Japan can take lessons from the U.S. military’s vulnerabilities to climatic changes, according to two new Japan Series reports (here and here) from experts at The Center for Climate and Security, a think tank in Washington DC with a team and Advisory Board of senior military and security leaders. The reports come ahead of Japan’s hosting of two G20 ministerial meetings on Trade and Digital Economy (June 8-9) and Energy Transitions for Global Environment for Sustainable Growth (June 15-16). (more…)

The Climate and Security Podcast: Episode 8 with Michael Wu

Michael Wu_Climate and Security PodcastWelcome back to The Climate and Security Podcast!

In this episode, Michael Wu, Policy Fellow at The Center for Climate and Security and Principal of Converge Strategies, talks about the electric grid and its history. He discusses how the risk of long-term, widespread power outages is increasing as threats from natural disasters and adversaries increase. These threats mutually reinforce each another in that natural disasters make impacted areas more vulnerable to nefarious attacks.  He explains what electricity disruptions mean for Department of Defense mission completion as well as implications for our daily lives. Tune in to this informative discussion! (more…)

BRIEFER: The Climate-Nuclear-Security Nexus: A Collision Course or a Road to New Opportunities?

Ganges_River_near_Narora_Nuclear_Power_Plant_UP_IndiaBRIEFER: The Climate-Nuclear-Security Nexus: A Collision Course or a Road to New Opportunities?

By Christine Parthemore, Executive Director, The Center for Climate and Security

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Today, new nations are pursuing civilian but dual-use nuclear capabilities, the threat of non-state actors seeking nuclear materials may be growing, and countries continue to debate proper ways to enhance nuclear safety, security, and nonproliferation systems to keep up with the pace of change. At the same time, governments worldwide are having difficulty managing the effects of a rapidly changing climate, such as more damaging natural disasters and resource stress. The relationships among nuclear, climate, and security risks are growing more complex and interconnected, and these issues are likely to begin converging in new ways. By early 2016, it has become clear that the international community must take a fresh look at the ways in which they are likely to connect and potentially collide in the years ahead, and foster deeper dialogue on what should be done about it. (more…)

From India to Yemen: Blackouts, Heat Waves and Civil Unrest

Water_reservoir,_yemenTwo stories of blackouts this week filled the international headlines: one from India and another from Yemen. Located over two thousand miles away from each other, the two cases share a few characteristics: the respective governments’ inability to provide a steady power supply to their citizens, climate and water stress, and serious public discontent as a result. (more…)

Event: Powering the Navy’s Energy Future

091014-N-8273J-024The Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and CNA are hosting an event at the U.S. Naval Heritage Center this Thursday, January 16, titled “Powering the Navy’s Energy Future.” It will feature an impressive lineup, including; Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and the Environment; the Honorable John Warner, former U.S. Senator and Armed Services Committee Chairman; Phyllis Cuttino, Director of the Clean Energy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts; Michael Brower, Interim President and CEO of ACORE; and Sherri Goodman, Executive Director of the CNA Military Advisory Board, Senior VP and OGC of CNA, and Advisory Board member here at the Center for Climate and Security.

See the Pew website for more details, and click here to RSVP.

 

China Environment Series: Coal Heaven, Water Hell

800px-Bayan_hot_inner_mongoliaThe Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum has just published the 12th edition of its China Environment Series (CES12). This edition, like previous editions, is packed full of interesting content focusing on environmental issues in and around China. This year, the special focus is on the water-energy nexus, and opportunities for cooperation over clean energy between the United States and China. (more…)