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To What Extent is Climate Change Now a Threat to International Security?

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Both senior policymakers and general publics have concluded that climate change now poses a threat to international security. But just how real is this perceived threat? And does it follow that bodies such as the UN Security Council should focus on the problem, or are there other agencies and organizations that are better suited for the task? The United States military, for example, is already using data-specific satellites to determine how climate change might impact its future operations, especially in those regions that are most vulnerable to large-scale environmental disruptions.


Trends and Triggers: Climate Change and Interstate Conflict

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Cullen Hendrix and others have no doubts – water scarcity caused by climate change can lead to outbreaks of interstate violence. However, their research also suggests that if such shortages are shared ones, a lack of rain may actually have conflict-inhibiting effects. More on «Trends and Triggers: Climate Change and Interstate Conflict»


Six Reasons Why the UN Security Council Should Not Discuss Climate Change

22 Apr 2014 / Article

It’s irrational to disconnect climate change from the work of the UN Security Council, right? Wrong, says Dhanasree Jayaram. She believes that there are six reasons why tackling this problem should remain the preserve of other transnational entities and organizations. More on «Six Reasons Why the UN Security Council Should Not Discuss Climate Change»


More than Weather

23 Apr 2014 / Article

While the debate continues over whether climate change is a genuine source of instability and conflict, the US military is taking no chances. Today, Andrew Pfluger and William Wright outline how the Pentagon is using environmental monitoring satellites to plan and shape its military operations. More on «More than Weather »


Bay of Bengal: a Hotspot for Climate Insecurity

24 Apr 2014 / Article

We can now add climate change to the dangerous mix of security threats facing the Bay of Bengal region, argues Andrew Holland. But the dangers aren’t just confined to the area’s littoral zone. China’s dominance of the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau also complicates the region’s access to fresh water. More on «Bay of Bengal: a Hotspot for Climate Insecurity»


Chinese Drought, Wheat, and the Egyptian Uprising: How a Localized Hazard became Globalized

25 Apr 2014 / Article

Did climate change play an indirect role in the political upheavals that rocked Egypt in 2011? Absolutely, says Troy Sternberg. As he sees it, a once-in-a-century drought in China dramatically reduced global wheat supplies and sent prices skyrocketing in the world’s largest wheat importer. More on «Chinese Drought, Wheat, and the Egyptian Uprising: How a Localized Hazard became Globalized»


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