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The Australian Climate Council recently released a report: “Be Prepared: Climate Change, Security and Australia’s Defence Force.” The report provides a good overview of climate change risks to national security and adds a critical look at how the Australian Defence Force is (and is not) preparing for those risks, and how this compares to US and UK defense forces. The report draws from an international team of reviewers including CCS advisory board member Rear Admiral Dave Titley USN (Ret), as well as Professor Jon Barnett, Professor Alan Dupont, Captain Leo Goff, USN (ret.), Dr. Liz Hanna, and Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti RN (ret.). (more…)
The 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…)
On June 24, the Council of the European Union (aka the Council), which consists of national ministers of the EU member states, released its “Council conclusions on EU Climate Diplomacy.” The document includes quite significant attention to the security implications of climate change, consistent with that emphasis in the most recent European Security Strategy (from back in 2003), and the follow-on 2008 “Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy.” Below are some notable selections form the document: (more…)
Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, the Climate and Energy Security Envoy of the UK Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, spoke with California’s Orange County Register on Thursday about the relationship between climate change and international conflict, and the role of climate change as a “threat multiplier.” (more…)