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National security leaders deal with deep uncertainty on a daily basis about everything from North Korea’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon to the location and timing of the next terrorist attack by non-state actors such as ISIS and al-Qaida. Security decision-makers don’t use uncertainty as an excuse to ignore security threats.
There are some interesting conferences on the horizon investigating the risks of climate change. Many of these are either streaming the conference live or will post conference videos and materials at a later date, so even if you are not able to attend in person, you can check them out. We will update this list as we come across others. (more…)
A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and led by John O’Loughlin of the University of Colorado, Boulder, looks at correlations between temperature and conflict in nine countries in East Africa (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda). The authors utilized data from over 16,000 conflicts that occurred between 1999-2009, and determined that “very hot” temperatures do indeed increase the risk of conflict, though “socioeconomic, political and geographic factors” are still the key main drivers. (more…)
NPR recently interviewed former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis about his new “free enterprise” initiative for addressing climate change, and promoting clean energy. In making the conservative case, he states:
It’s not conservative to waste stuff…and to cause somebody else’s kids to go on the sands of the Middle East to fight for that stuff that we’re wasting.
The full transcript of the interview is here.