A big difference. That was the conclusion the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came to when it assessed the differences between a 1.5°C and a 2°C warmer world in a landmark special report published in early October. The leading scientific authority on climate change found that the world is likely to pass the 1.5 °C mark between 2030 and 2052 if current emission trends are not interrupted.
Extreme Floods in India: What Climate, Security and Development Policies Can Do
In 2018, many countries have experienced some of the worst disasters the world has ever witnessed. It is imperative that they adopt a human security approach — nationally through a disaster risk reduction strategy, and internationally through climate diplomacy.
GCAS California: What A Nice Surprise! Bring Your Alibis
US leadership on climate action at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS): what a nice surprise! However, Germany needs to quickly step up efforts — or stand to lose its reputation in climate mitigation and energy transition.
Minerals & Mining
Will the Transition to Green Energy Foster Peace or Exacerbate Conflict?
A new report analyses how the transition to a low-carbon economy — and the minerals and metals required to make that shift — could affect fragility, conflict and violence dynamics in mineral-rich states. Clare Church from IISD asks in her blog: Could the pursuit of one SDG jeopardize the success of another?
With Global Multilateralism in Crisis, Climate Diplomacy Could Act as a New Driving Force
Until now, no one had seriously doubted that relations between the US and Europe would continue safe and sound. Ever since Trump was elected as US President, the atmosphere has changed. With global multilateralism in crisis, climate diplomacy could act as a new driving force.
Environmental Crime: Threats to Activists in Brazil
Environmental defenders in Brazil are at risk — last year, 57 were assassinated and the numbers are increasing. This article shows the challenges faced by an activist from the Amazon region who fights for justice, and it notes how the Brazilian government can save lives while preventing unregulated exploitation in the region.
Inspired by the COP21 model, the Paris Peace Forum will be a forum for discussion and exchange of innovative solutions with special emphasis on civil society initiatives. The Forum aims to strengthen the actions of existing multilateral organisations and speed up implementation of the SDGs. Environment is one thematic focus besides development, inclusive economy, new technologies and peace and security.
The PSC is the key global event on climate change and security, bringing together high-level policymakers, experts and practitioners to explore concrete actions for foreign and security policy communities. The objective is to address interlinked climate-security risks in a holistic way. The 4th edition of the PSC will focus on reviewing progress. You are welcome to contribute with your cases by completing our short survey.
Sustaining Peace in a Warming Climate - Lessons Learned
How can peace and security be achieved and sustained in times of a warming climate? Which are core things that development, humanitarian and peacebuilding initiatives must consider and how can solutions be scaled? In brief, what works? In this video (3:30 min), international experts share insights on what they have learned through fieldwork and research.
Climate and Security Revisited - Germany's Priorities for the 2019/2020 UNSC Period
Germany will hold a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2019 and 2020, and has announced that climate fragility will be one of its priorities. In a new brief, Susanne Dröge from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) comments on the challenges Germany will face when moving the topic forward.
Water Management in Fragile Systems
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Bank predict that water scarcity, induced by climate change, will potentially reduce the GDP of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by 6 to 14% by 2050. In the report, the agencies highlight water and agriculture as key to conflict recovery, stabilization and peace building in the region currently experiencing armed conflicts and large refugee movements.
IPCC Report: Global Warming of 1.5ºC (Summary)
The world’s leading scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) compiled this report following the Paris Agreement of 2015. Approved by 195 governments, the report underscores the small window of opportunity to move from the dangerous path the world is on. It hightlights risks beyond 1.5°C global warming such as drought, floods and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.
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