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New Executive Order: Climate, Development and Security

SouthPorticoPresident Obama unveiled a new Executive Order on “Climate-Resilient International Development” yesterday, which aims to climate-proof U.S. development assistance to ensure that developing countries can cope with the effects of a changing climate. The EO includes a description of the kinds of climate impacts that can effect development, including references to the heightened probability of conflict (both within and between nations).

From Section 1, Policy:

The adverse impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise, increases in temperatures, more frequent extreme precipitation and heat events, more severe droughts, and increased wildfire activity, along with other impacts of greenhouse gas emissions, such as ocean acidification, threaten to roll back decades of progress in reducing poverty and improving economic growth in vulnerable countries, compromise the effectiveness and resilience of U.S. development assistance, degrade security, and risk intranational and international conflict over resources.

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Pres. Obama to West Point Graduates: Climate Change A National Security Crisis

800px-Barack_Obama_greeting_cadets_in_West_PointPresident Obama delivered the commencement address to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY this afternoon. The speech was a much-anticipated view into the President’s new, “postwar” foreign policy strategy.

In the speech, President Obama made his bottom-line explicit: (more…)

President Obama Unveils “Climate Action Plan”

Official_portrait_of_President_Obama_and_Vice_President_Biden_2012On what was one of the hottest days of the year in Washington, DC, the Obama Administration unveiled its Climate Action Plan yesterday, followed by a speech by President Obama at Georgetown University. In the speech, as in the plan, President Obama detailed the Administration’s commitment to significantly reducing GHG emissions, and making the investments necessary for adapting to the current and projected effects of climate change. After a long drought on U.S. climate policy (pun intended), this has been hailed by many as a bold step.

Click here for the full plan, and here for a summary from the White House.

Letter to President Obama on Climate Change: From the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Barack_Obama_with_Oval_Office_artThe President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, or PCAS, recently released a set of recommendations for President Obama on addressing climate change. The top-line recommendations include: (more…)