ECC Platform Library

 
433 Results
1

How Terrorists Leverage Climate Change

09 September, 2019
Scott Somers (Arizona State University)

Policymakers and emergency managers tend to build a conceptual wall between natural hazards and terrorism. The causes of—and remedies for—these two kinds of disasters are seen as separate and distinct. But, in the era of climate change, the wall between the two is crumbling. As climate and weather patterns shift, the resulting environmental crisis is being leveraged as a tool for terror and political violence.

BlogA New Climate for Peace
Topic
Climate Change
Security

Region
Global Issues

Tags climate change conflict environment featured Guest Contributor security
2

Forty years of tree-planting in China: successes and failures

06 September, 2019
Feng Hao, chinadialogue

In the Inner Mongolian county of Horinger, Northwestern China, afforestation efforts have transformed a barren, dusty landscape into a pine forest. Planting trees has diminished the sandstorms, boosted biodiversity and improved the environment generally. As the climate emergency worsens, the potential for planted trees to draw carbon out of the atmosphere is being re-examined. What can the world learn from the Chinese experience with afforestation?

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Forests

Region
Global Issues
Asia
3

"We can't disengage from our shared environment" – Interview with Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli EcoPeace Directors

26 August, 2019
adelphi

Without electricity, Gaza is unable to treat its sewage water. This has already led to the closure of one of Israel’s key desalination plants, which uses water from the Mediterranean Sea. In Jordan, recurring droughts and the influx of refugees have resulted in a water crisis with regional spillover effects. Such examples create a clear message: climate and environment know no borders. In this interview, EcoPeace Directors Nada Majdalani (Palestine), Yana Abu-Taleb (Jordan) and Gidon Bromberg (Israel) explain why disengaging from a shared environment can aggravate the region’s security challenges.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Environment & Migration
Security

Region
Middle East & North Africa
4

Pacific Islands Forum issues strongest-ever statement on climate, cites security threat

22 August, 2019
Delia Paul, IISD

At the conclusion of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific leaders issued a Forum Communiqué and the ‘Kainaki II Declaration for Urgent Climate Change Action Now’ – the strongest collective statement the Forum has issued on climate change. Pacific leaders highlight the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, the SAMOA Pathway Review, and 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC as “global turning points to ensure meaningful, measurable and effective climate change action”.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Security

Region
Oceania & Pacific
5

A double-edged sword: The climate politics of the Mercosur-EU Agreement

20 August, 2019
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

If ratified, the Mercosur-EU trade deal may reinforce the parties’ commitment to climate action. Yet, its potential relevance is weakened by a language that often stops short of concrete commitments, as well as political resistance.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Diplomacy
Private Sector

Region
South America
Central America & Caribbean
6

Organized crime in the Amazon: Illegal mining hotspots

29 July, 2019
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives to oblast soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damages, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining

Region
Central America & Caribbean
7

Holding criminal spoilers at bay for environment and peace in Colombia

25 July, 2019
Johanna Kleffmann, adelphi

To fight illegal coca plantations and conflict actors’ income sources, Colombia’s president wants to loosen the ban on aerial glyphosate spraying. However, considering the dynamics of organised crime, the use of toxic herbicides will not only fail to achieve its aim, it will have many adverse effects for the environment and human health, fundamentally undermining ways to reach peace in the country. International cooperation and national policy-makers need to account for this peace spoiler.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Civil Society
Conflict Transformation
Security
Sustainable Transformation

Region
South America
8

EVENT SUMMARY: "Climate, Fragility and the SDGs: Lessons from Lake Chad"

24 July, 2019
adelphi

“Climate Security risks will materialise in very different ways and forms, whether we talk about  Lake Chad or about the Arctic, Bangladesh and the Small Island Developing States,” said the EU’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, Joao Vale de Almeida, in his opening remarks. “But for the EU, there is no doubt, as underlined in 2016 in our Global Strategy, and reaffirmed by the 28 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, that climate change is a major threat to the security of the EU and to global peace and security more generally,” he said.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security
Sustainable Transformation

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Global Issues
9

Managing climate and disaster risk in fragile states

09 July, 2019
Martin Ras, UNDP

No country is immune to natural hazards, but for fragile states, the effects are even more severe. Mostly, conflict prevention and humanitarian aid are seen as more pressing priorities to protect livelihoods there. This pushes efforts of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to the bottom of the priority list and results in compounded pressures.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Adaptation & Resilience
Capacity Building
Conflict Transformation
Development
Security

Region
Global Issues
10

A Pacific perspective on climate-security risks and the UN Security Council - Interview with the President of Nauru

04 July, 2019
adelphi

As the debate over climate-related security risks grows, many Pacific Island States are calling for more action by the international community to better address the links between climate change and global security. In an interview with adelphi, the former President of Nauru, Baron Waqa, highlights some of these calls as well as the challenges in getting the climate-security issue on the UN’s agenda.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security

Region
Global Issues
Oceania & Pacific
11

Berlin is calling – will the world listen?

26 June, 2019
Dennis Tänzler, adelphi

Climate and security were the focus of a high-level foreign policy conference held in Berlin in early June. At the core of the conference was the “Berlin Call for Action”, which sets out three concrete action areas for tackling the threats posed by climate change to peace and security, namely risk-informed planning, enhanced capacity for action and improved operational response. But what if the world doesn’t listen?

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security

Region
Europe
Global Issues
12

Urban Elites’ Livestock Exacerbate Herder-Farmer Tensions in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel

14 June, 2019
Matt Luizza

In recent years, conflict between herders and farmers for access to increasingly scarce natural resources in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel has escalated. While the problems fueling these tensions are both hyper-local and transnational in nature, one important piece of the puzzle has been overlooked. The real “elephant in the room” is who owns the livestock.

BlogA New Climate for Peace
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Civil Society
Conflict Transformation
Environment & Migration
Security

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa

Tags agriculture conflict development environment featured Guest Contributor land livelihoods natural resources Sahel
13

Speech by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the opening of the Berlin Climate and Security Conference 2019

07 June, 2019
Heiko Maas, German Federal Foreign Office

On Tuesday, 4 June, seven foreign ministers, 19 ambassadors, several ministers and more than 200 experts met in Berlin to act on climate security risks at the Berlin Climate and Security Conference. "Achieving the international climate targets is the new imperative of our foreign policy”, the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, said in his opening speech. This is the aim of the Berlin Call for Action which was presented at the conference.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Security

Region
Global Issues
14

Climate change an ‘unconscionable’ threat to peace: German foreign office

06 June, 2019
Megan Darby, Climate Home News

Governments must invest new effort and money to prevent climate change from driving new conflicts, according to a diplomatic statement drafted by the German foreign office.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Conflict Transformation
Environment & Migration
Security

Region
Global Issues