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25 September 2017. Energizing Equality in the Energy Sector – Every day, millions of people flip switches to turn on the lights or warm up the house, while millions of others light candles or wood-fired stoves. While most people know that the source of the energy we use varies according to where we live, many don’t realize that energy decisions are not gender neutral. Every […] Related posts: MCC Mobilizes Private-Sector Investment to Expand Access to Water in Jordan Americans Prefer Renewable Energy Requirements Over a Carbon Tax Backdraft...

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23 September 2017. Can Caribbean Islands Really Adapt to Extreme Hurricanes? – “A monster”… “wreaking havoc”… “ripped through” the Caribbean and part of Florida: I heard these words as Hurricane Irma, the strongest Category 5 Atlantic hurricane on record, decimated the entire island of Barbuda and destroyed the four “most solid” buildings on St. Martin. And as I write this from the relative safety of Barbados, Hurricane […] Related posts: “We Must Pay Attention”: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Devastate the Caribbean, Threaten U.S. National Security, Reveal...

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21 September 2017. All in a Generation: Stopping Conflict, Building Peace, and Saving the Environment – Today, world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations General Assembly will celebrate the International Day of Peace, observed annually since 1981. This year’s Peace Day is centered on the theme of togetherness, and the importance of securing safety and dignity for all people – including youth. By all accounts, young people are […] Related posts: Resolution 2250 and the Role of Young People in Building Global Peace and Security  To Be Young, Libyan, and Female: Alaa Murabit on...

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21 September 2017. The Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis Around Lake Chad: UN Report Falls Short of Naming Environmental Dimensions – This article was originally published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).It is encouraging to see that the United Nations Security Council is beginning to acknowledge the transboundary dimensions of fragility and conflict, as demonstrated by its newly launched Report of the Secretary-General on the situation in the Lake Chad Basin region. The report, which […] Related posts: Insurgency, Terrorism, and Organized Crime in a Warming Climate Backdraft #7: Janani...

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19 September 2017. Climate Change and Women’s Health: New Studies Find Overlooked Links – The intersection of reproductive health and climate change is an understudied nexus in academic literature. In her Nature article, “Considering Climate in Studies of Fertility and Reproductive Health in Poor Countries,” Kathryn Grace looks at how studies of contemporary fertility transitions are better served when they include the impacts of climate change.Conventional theories of demographic […] Related posts: Security Links: An Emerging Congressional Common Ground on Climate Change?...

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15 September 2017. “We Must Pay Attention”: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Devastate the Caribbean, Threaten U.S. National Security, Reveal Infrastructure Weakness, Say Wilson Center Experts – “This is not an island issue, this is not a Caribbean issue, this is an issue that is [also] critical for us,” says Roger-Mark De Souza, the Wilson Center’s director of population, environmental security, and resilience in a recent video interview. “For us in the United States we have to continue to recognize that we […] Related posts: Can Caribbean Islands Really Adapt to Extreme Hurricanes? Building a Climate-Resilient Caribbean: Grenada Hosts National Adaptation Planning Workshop...

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14 September 2017. Thirst for Power: Assessing the Water Risks Facing China’s Coal Industry – From thick smog blanketing the cities, to acid rain corroding soils and ruining crops, air pollution from China’s coal industry is inflicting heavy damage on the country’s environment, its economy, and its citizens’ health. But these clouds of smoke have obscured the less visible (but no less severe) water challenges facing the coal sector and […] Related posts: Thirsty Power: Measuring the Water Risk of China’s Coal Industry With Mingxuan Wang China’s Great Green Grid? Chris James on...

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14 September 2017. Religion and Climate Diplomacy in Small Island Developing States – Island states contribute only .03 percent to global emissions, but “nineteen major Caribbean cities are in the bullseye of the climate threat” and Pacific island states such as Kiribati and Tuvalu face an existential threat from sea level rise, said Selwin Hart, Barbados’ ambassador to the Organization of American States and the United States. At […] Related posts: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention: Islands as the Vanguard of Climate Adaptation Roger-Mark De Souza on the Paris Climate...

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11 September 2017. Tomorrow May Be Too Late: Military Leaders Testify on National Security Challenges of Climate Change – As the Senate returns from recess, passing the annual National Defense Authorization Act will be one of its top priorities—and this year it could include a potentially controversial amendment directing the Pentagon to assess the impact of climate change on national security. In the House, the Langevin amendment surprisingly garnered enough Republican support to withstand […] Related posts: Mattis Latest in Succession of Senior Military Leaders to Warn About Climate Change Former Defense...

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8 September 2017. Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Resilience in a Changing World – The United States currently faces an infrastructure crisis, as well as a growing climate crisis. Taking a sustainable approach to infrastructure could help address both problems, argued participants in a recent webinar conducted by the National Council for Science and the Environment, in partnership with the Security & Sustainability Forum. The United States currently has an […] Related posts: Insights on Ending Famine and Creating Food Security in a Changing World Navigating...

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7 September 2017. Managing Sludge Mountains: What Beijing Can Learn From Brooklyn – This is the first article in a series of case studies of innovative wastewater treatment plants in Brooklyn and Brazil from the China Environment Forum and Circle of Blue’s Choke Point China Initiative, which since 2010 has been exploring challenges and solutions to water-energy-food confrontations in the world’s most populated country.Chinese cities are being encircled […] Related posts: No Room for Waste: Honolulu’s Sludge Plant Points Toward More Sustainable Urban Development From...

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30 August 2017. Gaming Your Way to Disaster Risk Insurance – Fear fends off disaster, but does fear give us the tools to manage risk? Do we need to spend precious time learning complex risk management techniques? Perhaps not: learning disaster reduction techniques could be as easy as playing a game.  “Well-designed games, like risk management measures, involve decisions with consequences. While games can never fully capture […] Related posts: Risk, But Also Opportunity in Climate Fragility and Terror Link Strategic Ambiguity: How Loss and Damage...

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29 August 2017. Climate Variability, Water, and Security in El Salvador – This article is a summary of the chapter by Herman Rosa, former minister of environment for El Salvador, in the new book, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy. The book was produced by the World Wildlife Fund-US and edited by David Reed. The summary was prepared by Chelsea Spangler. Water-related challenges in El Salvador have acquired far greater significance over the […] Related posts: Water Stress, Instability and Violent Extremism in Nigeria Global Water and National Security: Why...

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28 August 2017. Flooding in Bangladesh: Calling Out Climate Change From the High Ground – Floods have taken the lives of more than 100 people in northern Bangladesh over the last two weeks. Fully one third of the country has been flooded and some 600,000 people have been displaced in the riverine nation as a result of monsoons in India and Nepal. At international climate forums, Bangladeshi diplomats consistently decry […] Related posts: Fertile Ground? Climate Change and Jihadism in Mali Mismatched Flood Control System Compounds Water Woes in Southern Bangladesh Security...

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23 August 2017. Fresh Water, Safe Water: Integrating Freshwater Conservation and WASH in Sub-Saharan Africa – Despite sharing a common element—water—the freshwater community and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) community have traditionally worked independently of each other, said Jimmiel Mandima, director of U.S. government relations at the African Wildlife Foundation during a recent webinar organized by USAID-supported Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG). However, that is starting to change: “Integration will […] Related posts: A Survey of the “War on Wildlife”: How Conflict...

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