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Typhoon Haiyan, Climate Change and Security in the Asia-Pacific

Typhoon_Haiyan_2013_making_landfallTyphoon Haiyan (or Yolanda as it is known locally) slammed into the Philippines on November 7th. According to the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, it was “thought to be the strongest storm to ever make landfall anywhere in the world in modern records.” The typhoon wreaked havoc on a disastrous scale, affecting over four million people and killing as many as 10,000 to date.  Some have asked whether or not it is necessary to create a new category of storm to capture the magnitude of the typhoon, much as Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology recently created the category of “deep purple” to account for unprecedented highs in temperature. (more…)

Our Interview with Moyers and Co: Syria, Drought, Climate and Security

Digging_irrigation_channels,_Palmyra,_SyriaThe Center for Climate and Security’s Co-Founder and Director, Francesco Femia, was recently interviewed by Moyers & Company’s John Light.  In the interview, Femia discusses the links between the drought, climate change and the lead-up to unrest in Syria.  The interview draws heavily from the Center’s 2012 report, Syria: Climate Change, Drought and Social Unrest and the 2013 report, The Arab Spring and Climate Change. (more…)

Relief Analysis Wire: Two Important Lessons for Syrian Food Aid

448px-Women_refugees_from_Syria_queue_to_register_on_arrival_at_the_Zaatari_camp_in_Jordan_(8423857990)This is a cross-post by Mehmet Burk from Relief Analysis Wire.

As one of the most staggering humanitarian crises in recent decades continues to rapidly accelerate in Syria, the ability to effectively deliver food aid to vulnerable populations is paramount. 4 million Syrians cannot access basic foods according to the World Food Programme, and escalating tensions will not help agricultural production. (more…)

The USAID Water and Development Strategy: A Good First Step

071127-N-7955L-130“Population growth, increased demand for and rising cost of energy, increased urbanization, watershed and environmental degradation, natural disasters, conflict, climate change, and weak water governance are putting water resources under increasing pressure” – USAID Water and Development Strategy 2013-2018

The US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) released its first global Water and Development Strategy on May 21. The purpose of the Strategy is to provide an increased focus on how the agency will approach its water programs from 2013-2018. (more…)

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