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In case you missed it, Marc Levy, a long-time expert in all things climate and security, and currently the director of Columbia University’s Environment, Peace and Security program, hosted a Reddit Q&A on climate and security. Levy discusses the conflict in Syria, the COP21, the links between climate and conflict, and necessary policies to reduce these risks. Levy also touches on his ideal atmospheric conditions for meals. The exchange is worth a read.
If you still have questions, Marc gave a very comprehensive presentation on this topic several months ago on climate change, violence and insecurity. That video is available here. There is also a list of frequently asked questions on climate and security available on our Climate and Security 101 project. Feel free to submit additional questions to that website and we’ll answer them (or pass them along to Marc)!
The US House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, held a hearing on July 8th to examine the Department of Homeland Security’s focus on climate change. While the hearing did include the usual political cleavages and posturing, it provided a useful opportunity to discuss the risk management approach of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including as it relates to climate change. Perhaps lost in the chatter was that the hearing marked an important step towards better assessing where we are both as a nation, and within various departments and agencies across the U.S. government. The hearing testimonies also touched on where the U.S. needs to be in order to avoid damage to critical infrastructure, loss of life, and stresses to national security. Indeed, there seemed to be broad agreement among all witnesses that climate change poses very real security risks to the U.S. homeland. (more…)
Marc Levy, Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University, recently gave a presentation at Simon Fraser University titled, “Welcome to the Pressure Cooker: How Climate Change is making our World More Violent and Less Secure.” (Watch the full video here and below). The talk provides an excellent overview of the evolution of the security community’s understanding of climate risks, which in many ways parallels his own research, which began by trying to disprove the alarmists (only to find that some trends were worth being alarmed about)! Levy ‘s presentation provides a very matter-of-fact look at climate security risks and what the future likely holds. (more…)