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In a new Op-ed in Politico, General Tom Middendorp, Chief of Defence of the Netherlands (Ret), and current Chair of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (of which the Center for Climate and Security serves as Secretariat), puts a twist on Georges Clemenceau’s famous saying that “war is too important to be left to the generals,” with “don’t leave climate to the environment ministers.” In it, he encourages the European Commission’s President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen (who will take office on November 1), to continue her track record of taking climate security risks seriously during her tenure. To explain, he states: (more…)
European Commission: “Climate Change Impacts on Water and Security in Southern Europe and neighbouring regions”
The European Commission has released a report highlighting its collaborative research “cluster” on water and security in Southern Europe and surrounding regions, an area already suffering the effects of climate change (not to mention dire future predictions). The EU has identified climate and water security in Southern Europe as a thematic priority, stating: (more…)