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Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Hosts Forum on National Security Impacts of Climate Change

800px-United_States_Capitol_Building-_west_front_editThe following is an announcement from the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change:

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in SC-4 in the U.S. Capitol, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change will host distinguished military leaders to discuss the national security impacts of climate change. (more…)

CCS Co-Director Speaks to Pentagon’s Firm Stance on the Threat of Climate Change

C&S LOGOCCS 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.

Climate Change and National Security in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

DF-ST-87-06962The 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…)

“The securitisation of climate change in the European Union”

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…)

Climate and Security 101: Why the U.S. National Security Establishment Takes Climate Change Seriously

In a 2007 report by the CNA Military Advisory Board, General Gordon R. Sullivan stated: “People are saying they want to be perfectly convinced about climate science projections…But speaking as a soldier, we never have 100 percent certainty. If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something bad is going to happen on the battlefield.”

The national security establishment in the United States, including the U.S. military and the U.S. intelligence community, understand that climate change is a national security threat, and that we cannot wait for 100% certainty before acting to mitigate and adapt to its effects. But not only do they understand it, they plan for it – considering it’s implications in strategic documents like the Quadrennial Defense Review, and setting up an office within the CIA called the Center for Climate Change and National Security. But why? (more…)