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Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | October 2022

By Brigitte Hugh

Welcome to “Read, Watch, Listen” from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.  

In October, anticipation of the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) led to increased interest in the challenges climate change poses for security worldwide. See how CCS experts tackled the various discussions this month. 

Op-Ed

  • Sherri Goodman (Senior Strategist) and Pauline Baudu (non-resident research assistant) contributed a 2040 scenario exploring the geopolitics of a decarbonized future to The Berlin Pulse

Video 

  • Advisory Board Member, Gen. Tom Middendorp (ret.), spoke on a panel focused on the security importance of a Green Europe. (Warsaw Security Forum)
  • Ahead of COP27, Director Erin Sikorsky analyzed the international security implications of recent reports from the International Energy Agency and the UN, noting that the world is progressing faster than ever towards green energy, yet greater investment is needed. (BBC News)
  • Brigitte Hugh (Research Fellow), participated in an event discussing climate-related migration and the gaps in protection for those affected. (Plus Institute)
  • Sikorsky spoke on a panel on climate and security with Andrea Cameron, a member of the Climate and Security Working Group (CSWG), during a symposium on evolving global security challenges hosted by the Oklahoma Aerospace & Defense Innovation Institute

Podcast

  • Director Emeritus, John Conger, discussed the difficulties for the defense sector in facing consecutive extreme weather events while trying to prepare for the future. (The Red Line)
  • Conger warned that as climate resilience resources increase, especially in the military, strategy will be paramount in order to avoid maladaptation. (CDA Institute)
  • Sikorsky spoke about the various climate security challenges facing China and their priorities in responding. (The Red Line)
  • With the release of the new Air Force climate security plan, Conger discussed the differences and similarities between each of the military service plans. (The Defense Scoop Podcast)

Articles 

  • Conger highlighted the pieces of the new Air Force Climate plan which stand out to him. (E&E News)

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Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | September 2022

By Brigitte Hugh

Welcome to “Read, Watch, Listen” from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.  

Over the summer, governments across the globe deployed military forces to fight fires and respond to drought. As fire season winds down and hurricane season begins, militaries are once again being called upon to respond to climate-worsened threats. These are only the latest examples of climate shifting traditional military missions, and one of the issues highlighted by our experts in September. 

Op-Eds

  • Militaries around the world are being deployed in response to non-traditional threats from climate crises, writes Director Erin Sikorsky. (Foreign Policy)
  • Non Resident Research Fellow, Cullen Hendrix, took a look at the connections between the most recent food and oil crises and Russia’s foreign and domestic policy. (Foreign Policy)

Video and Podcast

  • Sikorsky spoke with David Priess about the Pakistan floods and the direct and indirect security impacts. (Lawfare)
  • Sea level rise is already threatening coastal U.S.military bases. Though the military is working to address the issue, adaptation projects are lengthy efforts, says Sikorsky. (Weather Channel)

Articles 

  • Sikorsky and advisory board members Gen. Tom Middendorp (ret.) and Alice Hill note that world militaries are not prepared for the increased demand for their aid in response to climate change impacts. (Washington Post)
  • The U.S. Department of Defense announced the creation of a new office focused on the Arctic and global resilience. A move welcomed by Senior Strategist, Sherri Goodman, who noted that the new office will help “maintain mission readiness.” (Arctic Today)
  • Research Fellow Elsa Barron was featured in the Christian Science Monitor, with a focus on her climate activism and faith journey. 

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Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | August 2022

By Brigitte Hugh

Welcome to “Read, Watch, Listen” from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.  

A hot August around the world had CCS experts discussing the security implications of heatwaves, the opening Arctic, and the energy transition. 

Op-Eds

  • Elsa Barron, CCS Research Fellow, writes that the heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer show climate change is not a future crisis, but a crisis of today. She further notes that the Balkans is one of the most vulnerable regions in Europe to the security risks which arise in a climate-changed world. (Geopolitical Monitor)
  • Nonresident Research Fellow Cullen Hendrix joins Morgan Bazilian of the Payne Institute for Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines, to examine how the war in Ukraine is driving changes toward sustainable energy security and what a good transition will need to include. (War on the Rocks)

Articles 

  • As the Arctic warms and becomes an area of increased international attention, the addition of Finland and Sweden to NATO offers the Alliance an important strategic foothold, comments Senior Strategist Sherri Goodman. (AP News
  • Bob Barnes, Senior Policy Advisor, participated in a panel event at the American Security Project focused on energy security in West Virginia, wherein he noted that some former mine lands in West Virginia could be used for solar power arrays. (Herald-Dispatch)
  • A definition of Responsibility to Prepare and Prevent (R2P2), written by Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell (CCS Co-founders), was published in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures
  • The confluence of poor governance by the Taliban and disruptions to subsistence agriculture will likely result in an increased number of internally displaced people in Afghanistan, warned CCS Director Erin Sikorsky. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
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Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | June 2022

By Brigitte Hugh

Welcome to “Read, Watch, Listen” from the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.  

In June, CCS experts focused on the recently released “Climate Action 2030” from the Navy, and the NATO ministerial which took place in Madrid.

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