Strengthening Water Diplomacy to Prevent the Crises of the Future
The risks and opportunities related to transboundary basins raise questions for foreign policy. What legal, institutional and diplomatic methods are available for water-related conflict prevention and resolution? How have they been applied, and in what ways can they be improved? Benjamin Pohl, lead author of a study on water diplomacy released yesterday at the World Water Week, provides insights...
Imagine the Arctic without ice the whole year round by 2030. Apart from the massive environmental consequences this development is bound to have, it would also uncover vast mineral riches. The case of Greenland illustrates potential impacts and geopolitical implications of a possible resource race...
Out of Africa: Prospects of Conflict-Sensitive Adaptation
What conceptual and practical advice does conflict-sensitive adaptation offer to address the security implications of climate change? Urmilla Bob and Salomé Bronkhorst now provide new food for thought on this topic in their recently published book...
China Needs New Laws to Tackle Illegal Logging
China’s timber imports influence the global market substantially, but the country still lacks regulation to stop illegal logging products from entering its territory. New voluntary guidelines are meant to deal with the issue, but are likely to fall short...
The Risk of Tunnel Vision in Chasing Resilience for Asia’s Cities
Resilience is one of the buzzwords of development cooperation. Asian cities are major recipients of financial flows in order to cope with intensifying natural disasters and resource scarcity. Does this also foster peace in Asian population hubs and who exactly benefits from these efforts?...
Oxfam assessed ten major factors that promote food security around the world. The organisation concludes that due to poor performance in all these areas the preparedness of food systems for impacts of climate change is low. To explore Oxfam’s work on the link between climate change and hunger, which is part of its GROW campaign, please visit the website.
Climate Change and Conflict in the Sahel: A Policy Brief on Findings from Niger and Burkina Faso
This policy brief produced by the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability (FESS) for USAID analyses the potential linkages of conflict and climate change in Niger and Burkina Faso.
A Film About the Marikana Massacre: Miners Shot Down
Miners Shot Down is a film by the South African director Rehad Desai that attempts to reconstruct the events at the Marikana platinum mine on 16 August 2012. Almost two years ago, a miners’ protest against their working conditions was suppressed by the police who shot more than 30 people.
The New EU Energy Security Strategy
The European Commission recently presented a new energy security strategy for the EU along with a comprehensive study on the issue. Proposed measures aim to reduce energy dependency e.g. by diversifying supply, developing the internal energy market, improving energy efficiency as well as supporting indigenous renewable resources.
The recently launched Environmental Justice Atlas has been created by the Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) initiative, which receives support from the European Commission under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). The map illustrates conflict around commodities in order to draw end-consumers’ attention to the environmental and social impact of production chains. Information on conflict cases and community resistance can be filtered by commodity, company, country or type of conflict. Over a thousand cases have been reported to date.
Human Progress within Planetary Boundaries: A Contribution to the SDG Debate
The German expert group WBGU (German Advisory Council on Global Change) issued a policy paper contributing to the debate on the goals for sustainable development post-2015. It states that development within planetary boundaries is the only way to help the most vulnerable populations and not an impediment to progress. Despite resistance by OECD countries and recently industrialised economies, a revision of the lifestyles of the better-off classes and international cooperation are crucial for overcoming the world’s challenges, according to the authors.
CNA Military Advisory Board: National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change
The CNA Military Advisory Board (MAB) recently issued a new publication on climate change that updates insights on the topic shared in the 2007 report National Security and the Threat of Climate Change. The MAB stresses that some of the predicted trends have been shown to have developed even more dynamically than anticipated and repeatedly urges the international community to take appropriate action.
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