At the end of June, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted a set of conclusions on EU climate diplomacy. Following the ideas published in the Joint Reflection paper by the External Action Service in 2011, there are three storylines of climate diplomacy that are to shape the overall narrative of EU climate policy. More energy will be needed during the next months in Brussels and European capitals – not least to help explain the interests and priorities of the EU regarding an ambitious climate approach for 2015 and beyond.
Climate Change: the Water and Food Security Nexus in Africa
Many African countries are already prone to food insecurity. Water shortages are increasingly becoming a serious impediment to intensifying agriculture, with about one-third of the people in the region living in drought-prone areas at present. How can this challenge be addressed?
China Needs to Change its Energy Strategy in the Mekong Region
China’s need for energy and other resources is reflected in its active engagement in the Mekong region. Though economic cooperation can be beneficial for both sides, lack of stakeholder involvement in this government-driven process may exacerbate ecological and social challenges in Southeast Asian countries.
Spring Thaw: Climate Change and Natural Resource Scarcity in the Arab Spring
Several high-profile reports have suggested that climate change and natural resource scarcity contributed to the events that have rocked the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since December 2010. But what exactly was the role of environmental factors in the mass movement?
Playing with Fire? “Backdraft” Report and the Peace and Conflict Potential of Climate Policies
Not only can activities for climate change mitigation and lowering vulnerability to climate change be seen as suitable approaches to avoid conflict, what has been ignored is the fact that these efforts could also aggravate existing conflicts or create new ones if not carefully designed.
Resilience is the Best Defense: Improving Responses to Climate Change and Security in South Asia
What are the links between climate change and community resilience in fragile contexts in South Asia? The Environment, Conflict and Cooperation (ECC) team talked to Janani Vivekananda from the peacebuilding organisation International Alert. She is co-author of a recently published series of regional studies, “Strengthening Responses to Climate Variability in South Asia”, which comprises case studies of communities across Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Stimson Center 2013 Environment and Security Discussion Series
For the 2013 Environment and Security Discussion Series, the Stimson Center invites experts to share their opinions on how environmental issues affect security policy trends on both national and international levels. During the kick-off event on 22 April 2013, CNA’s Senior Vice President Sherri Goodman and the Director of the Southeast Asia Program at Stimson, Richard Cronin named several pressing security challenges brought about by climate change, ...
The EU’s Accounting and Transparency Directives will be revised in order to set stricter disclosure standards for extractive and logging industries as advocated by the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). ...
Documentary “Tar Sands – to the Ends of the Earth”
The documentary Tar Sands – to the Ends of the Earth, with a recent screening at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, draws attention to the significantly worse CO2 footprint of tar sand mining activities ...
Global Security and Defense Index on Climate Change
The American Security Project (ASP) envisages an interactive tool, The Global Security and Defense Index on Climate Change, that will allow users to explore how governments around the world view climate security ...
Natural Riches? Perspectives on Responsible Natural Resource Management in Conflict-Affected Countries
The World Economic Forum has published a new study on responsible natural resources management in a world increasingly in need of raw materials. It is widely known that resource wealth can be both beneficial and have extremely negative impacts on societies, depending on how the resources are used. ...
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