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As we begin 2021, we wanted to take a look back at the work of the Center for Climate and Security during the past year. Thanks to the dedication of our staff, fellows and Advisory Board, we’ve made significant progress on putting climate security front and center and advancing the recommendations in our Climate Security Plan for America.
We began the year by launching (in person!) two ground-breaking climate security risk reports, the Security Threat Assessment of Climate Change and the International Military Council on Climate and Security’s World Climate and Security Report 2020.
Not long after COVID-19 hit and the world shut down, we highlighted the parallels between US intelligence community warnings on pandemics with its warnings on the security risks of climate change and made recommendations to ensure the US is not caught flat-footed again, underscoring the lessons we can learn from the COVID-19 crisis that are applicable to climate change.(more…)
Washington, DC – In the wake of last week’s election, the Center for Climate and Security is delivering a Briefing Book for a New Administration to the President-elect. The book of recommendations was developed by the Climate and Security Advisory Group (CSAG), a voluntary, non-partisan group of 43 U.S.-based senior military, national security, homeland security, and intelligence experts, including the former Commanders of U.S. Pacific and Central Command, and former Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Affairs.
Climate change presents risks that must be managed, no matter one’s political perspective. As recently noted in a consensus statement from key members of the national security community, “the effects of climate change present a strategically-significant risk to U.S. national security” and require a “comprehensive policy” in response. (more…)
Event: Threat-Multiplier: Exploring the National Security Law and Policy Implications of Climate Change
If you are in the Washington, DC area be sure to swing by the Georgetown Law Campus on March 20th for what will likely be an informative discussion amongst some of the best climate security thinkers (including CCS Advisory Board member, Sherri Goodman). Details for the discussion, “Threat-Multiplier: Exploring the National Security Law and Policy Implications of Climate Change,” are copied below. (more…)