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Political Capital Lost in the Wake of Natural Disasters

800px-VOA_People_walk_through_Jakarta's_flooded_streetsExtreme weather events are making headlines around the world.  ReliefWeb’s global disaster map shows over 2,000 ongoing disaster events. Not showed on the map is the political fallout that often plagues governments that inadequately prepare for, or respond to, these disasters. Though such political consequences are nothing new (see here for more on “disaster politics”), as extreme weather events increase in frequency and intensity, it is quite possible that political volatility could also increase in frequency and intensity. Below is a sampling from around the world of governments currently dancing with disasters. (more…)

Climate Change in Australia’s New National Security Strategy

Australia_Weather-map-WA-28FEB06The Australian government has just released its new national security strategy titled “Strong and Secure: A Strategy for Australia’s National Security.” Within its fifty-eight pages, the security challenge of climate change is featured under the heading of “broader global challenges with national security implications,” and described in the following way: (more…)

Will climate-related disasters test humanitarian relief to destruction?

This blog is a cross-post which originally appeared on AlertNet
By Tom Mitchell

Tom Mitchell is head of climate change at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and one of the authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters (SREX) (more…)