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28 June 2017. Ceding U.S. Leadership in Advanced Energy Is a National Security Risk, Says Military Advisory Board – “As new energy options emerge to meet global demand, nations that lead stand to gain; should the U.S. sit on the sidelines, it does so at considerable risk to our national security,” advises the latest report from CNA’s Military Advisory Board (MAB), a group of retired generals and admirals. The report, Advanced Energy and U.S. […] Related posts: Military Leaders Warn That Climate Poses Security Threats Backdraft Episode #2: Stacy VanDeveer on the New Energy Economy and the Fate of Petro...

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27 June 2017. U.S. National Security and Prosperity Under Rising Pressure From Water Stress – The original version of this article, by the World Wildlife Fund-US, appeared on the World Wildlife Fund website as the executive summary of its new book, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy. U.S. prosperity and national security depend directly on the prosperity and stability of our partner countries and competing countries around the world. Today, water-driven […] Related posts: Global Water and National Security: Why the Time Is Now The Rising Tide of Water Insecurity: Moving from...

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26 June 2017. Climate, Conflict, and Refugees: Examining the Impact of Environmental Change on Human Security – “There’s a long list of crises that can have a natural resource base,” said Anne C. Richard, former assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration, at a Stimson Center panel on June 13, 2017, on the impacts of climate change on human security and mobility. The panelists included Kelly McFarland of Georgetown’s Institute […] Related posts: Beyond the Headlines: Understanding Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict (Report Launch) Justice and Contemporary Climate...

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23 June 2017. No Room for Waste: Honolulu’s Sludge Plant Points Toward More Sustainable Urban Development – HONOLULU – Sludge. The final, unwanted byproduct of a toilet flush. The semi-solid stuff that even wastewater treatment plants send packing to the landfill. Unseen in the steel pipes snaking high on the exterior of Honolulu’s H-POWER plant, sludge is injected into a massive boiler where it joins the city’s trash in a roaring inferno. […] Related posts: In City Under Stress, Chennai’s Water Bottlers Build a Thriving Business New Approach to Sanitation May Help Fast-Growing Urban Areas...

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22 June 2017. Urban Africa: Opening Doors, Greening Cities – Cities in sub-Saharan Africa are growing rapidly. But will this lead to economic growth? According to a recent World Bank report, Africa’s Cities: Opening Doors to the World, the low level of regional and international trade is one of the main reasons why African cities are relatively poor. The report suggests that trade in these […] Related posts: Lessons From Kibera on Risks and Resilience for the New Urban Agenda New Approach to Sanitation May Help Fast-Growing Urban Areas Achieve...

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21 June 2017. Citizen Science Is Making it Harder for China’s Biggest Polluters to Hide – In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency charged its federal advisory committee with exploring how citizen science and crowdsourcing should be integrated into the agency’s mission. The resulting report eloquently describes how if the environment is to be protected then it’s the duty of all – the government, institutions, and citizens – to work together to […] Related posts: With Network of River Watchers, Green Hunan Opens Second Front in China’s War on Pollution Is Shanghai’s...

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20 June 2017. Former Defense Officials, Officers Discuss Climate Change and National Security on Capitol Hill – “There’s a lot you can do to mitigate risk once you acknowledge the risk exists,” said John Conger, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies at a June 5th briefing on Capitol Hill. Convened by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Center for Climate and Security,  and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, […] Related posts: Sherri Goodman: Incorporate Climate Risks into Diplomacy, Development, and Defense Ground Truth Briefing: Is Climate-Related Migration...

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19 June 2017. Lessons From International Water Sharing Agreements for Dealing With Climate Change – Scientists agree that many countries in tropical, subtropical, and arid regions should expect changes to water availability and supply from climate change. The U.S. intelligence community has likewise warned of water-driven challenges not only for countries directly affected by water changes, but indirectly to various U.S. national security interests. Perhaps not surprisingly then, the popular […] Related posts: Governance in Focus: Insights from the International Expert Forum on Climate...

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16 June 2017. Water Security and U.S. Foreign Policy in India, Pakistan, and the Philippines – In 2012, the U.S. National Intelligence Council judged that within the next 10 years, water problems would be a major contributor to instability in “many” countries that are of interest to the United States. South and Southeast Asia, with its many transboundary river basins, large populations, and geopolitical flashpoints, is one among a number of […] Related posts: Michael Kugelman on Pakistan’s “Nightmare” Water Scenario Why the India-Pakistan War Over Water Is So Dangerous Michael...

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15 June 2017. The Melting Arctic Could Spur Even More Migration in the Sahel, But There Are Some Surprising Solutions – A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that melting in Greenland could change ocean currents and cause unprecedented drought in Africa’s Sahel region, the Washington Post reported last week: “The consequence could be devastating agricultural losses as the area’s climate shifts. And in the most severe scenarios, tens of millions of people could be forced to migrate […] Related posts: Christophe Angely on Overcoming Pessimism for the Sahel Beyond...

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14 June 2017. Environmental Sustainability, Does It Make Dollars and Sense? – While governments will play the central role in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, they can’t do it without the private sector, said experts at the Wilson Center on April 12.There is great opportunity for businesses. Raising more people into the global middle class, by providing education, health services, and green infrastructure, will mean tremendous market […] Related posts: Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability: Assessing the Evidence Human Rights and the...

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13 June 2017. Women’s Leadership for Stability and Security – Why is Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, so peaceful? According to the country’s first female president, Joyce Banda, women get the credit: “When women are in charge, when women control the land, when the children belong to the women, when domestic violence is minimum, then you find more tranquility and peace,” said […] Related posts: Resolution 2250 and the Role of Young People in Building Global Peace and Security  2017 Is Pivotal for U.S. Leadership on Global Water...

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12 June 2017. 8 Rules of Political Demography That Help Forecast Tomorrow’s World – In a world rapidly churning out unpredictable political shocks, intelligence analysts occasionally need to clear their heads of the daily barrage of newsworthy events and instead work with simple theories that discern the direction and speed of trends and help predict their outcomes. Political demography, the study of population age structures and their relationships to […] Related posts: Paradox of Progress: National Intelligence Council Releases Global Trends Report Report: Reducing...

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9 June 2017. Historic Drought Prompts Water Innovation in California – Can It Be a Model? – Pray for rain. Mega-drought. Winter salmon run nearly extinguished. Sierra snowpack dismal. These were just some of the headlines in California newspapers over the last five years during a historic drought that elevated water security to the top of everyone’s minds.California’s relationship to water is unique in the United States, often becoming a major part […] Related posts: Tamil Nadu Leads India’s Historic Turn to the Sun and Wind The Rising Tide of Water Insecurity: Moving from...

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8 June 2017. Top 5 Posts for May 2017 – Our nine-part “Choke Point: Tamil Nadu” series with Circle of Blue has been a must-read on the conflicting demands for water, food, and energy in the South Indian state. In May’s most popular post, S. Gopikrishna Warrier introduces us to Chennai’s tech-savvy social entrepreneurs, who are providing the city’s residents with real-time information on the […] Related posts: Facing Floods, Social Entrepreneurs Push Chennai to Consider New Growth Strategy Michael Kugelman Explains the Flare Up...

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