3 comments on “Rethinking climate change, conflict and security

  1. I’d also like to know more about the CIA Climate Change and National Security Center. It was founded in 2009 but has said (in response to a FOIA) that all its research is classified.

    Then there’s the World-Wide Human Geography Data working group (WWHGD) which held a conference earlier this year on climate change and security. It is a joint venture between the NGA, Department of State and USGS.

    “This meeting was designed to build voluntary partnerships around human geography data and mapping focused on the general principle of making appropriate information available to promote human security.”

    See here (login req’d): http://wwhgd.org/content/27-july-post-meeting-information-san-diego-state-university-san-diego-california

    There’s a list of speakers and briefings.

  2. Thanks Jeremy. The US military and “other government agencies” have been investing in the militarization/securitization of climate change for some time.

    There’s been a slew of climate change workshops sponsored by the Pentagon, for example, and in 2011 its Defense Science Board Task Force reported on Trends and Implications of Climate Change for International and National Security.

    I’ll try to address this in the follow-up post I’ve promised — mid-way through it now….!

  3. Hello and thank you for this article. So-called environmentally induced migration is multi-level problem. According to Essam El-Hinnawi definition form 1985 environmental refugees as those people who have been forced to leave their traditional habitat, temporarily or permanently, because of a marked environmental disruption (natural or triggered by people) that jeopardised their existence and/or seriously affected the quality of their life. The fundamental distinction between `environmental migrants` and `environmental refugees` is a standpoint of contemporsry studies in EDPs.

    According to Bogumil Terminski it seems reasonable to distinguish the general category of environmental migrants from the more specific (subordinate to it) category of environmentally displaced people.

    According to Norman Myers environmental refugees are “people who can no longer gain a secure livelihood in their homelands because of drought, soil erosion, desertification, deforestation and other environmental problems, together with associated problems of population pressures and profound poverty”.

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