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CCS Co-Director Francesco Femia spoke to California radio station KPFA 94.1 yesterday about the recent release of DoD’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), and the seriousness with which the U.S. military addresses climate change. The conversation ranges from the role of the QDR, to the direct and indirect threats that climate change poses to national security. The conclusion: The U.S. military cannot afford to play politics with such a pressing security issue, and plans to meet the challenge head on. Click here to listen to the full interview (beginning at 6:17), or here to download the audio file.
The U.S. Department of Defense just released its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. As the name implies, DoD releases this report every four years as a way of articulating its strategic direction. The opening sentence in Secretary Hagel’s introduction notes: “The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) seeks to adapt, reshape and rebalance our military to prepare for the strategic challenges and opportunities we face in the years ahead.”
This year, as in 2010, the QDR robustly addresses the national security implications of climate change – highlighting the significant degree to which the climate change threat is taken seriously by the U.S. military. (more…)
In the OECD’s recent report “Global Security Risks and West Africa: Development Challenges,” there is a very interesting chapter by Rodrigues De Brito devoted to exploring the implications of the “securitisation” of climate change in the European Union. After examining the literature on the subject, which ranges from “climate change is a major security issue” to “we should never treat climate change as a security issue!” De Brito comes to the conclusion that the conceptualization of climate change as a security issue has been beneficial for EU policy on mitigating and adapting to climate change. (more…)