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Interview with Rear Admiral Ann Phillips on Climate and Security: “You’re the Future. No Pressure!”

Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, US Navy (Ret)

This interview is part of a series in which Center for Climate and Security (CSS) and Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) interns interview members of the CCS and CSR Advisory Boards and other key voices in the climate and security field. Vanessa Pinney interviewed Ann Phillips, member of the CCS Advisory Board and the CSR Governing Board, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, and the first female Director of Surface Warfare in the Pentagon, who currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Governor of Virginia for Coastal Adaptation and Protection – a Cabinet position. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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Building a Resilient Tomorrow: Interview with Author Alice Hill

Flooding in downtown Memphis, TN; part of the 2011 Mississippi River floods (by Thegreenj)

By Maya Saidel

This interview is part of a series in which Council on Strategic Risks (CSR)  & Center for Climate and Security (CCS) interns interview members of the CSR and CCS Advisory Boards along with other key voices in the security field. Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How to Prepare for the Coming Climate Disruption, co-authored by Alice Hill and Leonardo Martinez-Diaz, is a book that offers inspiring examples of environmental risk management and recommendations to strengthen climate resilience. Maya Saidel interviewed Alice Hill about her new book, her career, and the climate crisis. Alice Hill is a member of both the CSR Board of Directors and the CCS Advisory Board, and is the Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served as a special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director for resilience policy on the National Security Council staff. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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“Massive Investments in Resilience Needed”: Climate Lessons from Covid

The Chandler Foundation recently released its “Social Investor” magazine, an influential guide to philanthropists and a particularly important one during a time of crisis. In a section titled “Climate Philanthropy Matters,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Laurie Goering interviewed the Co-Founder of the Center for Climate and Security and Council on Strategic Risks, Francesco Femia, about what the COVID-19 crisis can teach nations about preparing their critical infrastructure for climate change. Mr. Femia highlighting the need for “massive investments in resilience” as well as “climate-proofing” that infrastructure. Read the except below (from page 68), and the entire publication here.

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The Center for Climate and Security on Climate One: Migration and Resilience

Francesco Femia_2013SherriGoodman2018Hill_AliceIn case you missed it, the team of Center for Climate and Security (CCS) analysts has featured significantly in recent episodes of the excellent Climate One, a free radio program that is “broadcast on 90 public radio stations across the country and around the world, including on NPR International, Armed Forces Radio and SiriusXM.” This included a February 7 interview on climate change, migration and security with CCS Co-Founder, Francesco Femia, and another program on climate resilience and security, released on February 14, featuring CCS Senior Strategist Sherri Goodman, and CCS Advisory Board Member, Alice Hill. Click the links above to either listen to the full programs, or read the transcripts. Below are a few excerpts from the interviews. (more…)

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