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UK Ministry of Defence: The Destabilising Consequences of Climate Change

Ministry_of_Defence, UK Ministry of Defence’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre just released the 5th edition of its “Global Strategic Trends Out to 2045” report, and climate change is featured significantly within its pages. In addition to a thorough look at water, food, energy, biodiversity and humanitarian risks associated with climate change, the report also detailed some specific “defence and security implications” (more…)

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti to the EU: “Failure to set a robust 2030 climate target will hurt our national security”

NeilmorisettiFor almost a decade, Royal Navy Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti has been an intelligent and measured public voice for action on addressing the national security implications of a changing climate. In addition to his former roles as the UK’s Special Representative for Climate Change, and before that, the UK’s Climate and Energy Security Envoy, he helped found the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, a group of serving and retired military officers “committed to stressing their concerns about the security implications of climate change and to promoting a positive role of the military worldwide to help address the challenge of climate change.” In this context, his warnings should be taken seriously. (more…)

New Security Beat: A Look at European Militaries and Climate Change

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program has posted an interview with Tobias Feakin, senior research fellow at the UK Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI).  Feakin described the UK’s well-developed climate and security dialogue at the highest levels of government, as well as the evolving discussion among other European nations. RUSI’s work in this space is pioneering, and worth paying attention to. You can watch the video and read the transcript here.
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