Climate Change
Land & Food
Security
Sustainable Transformation
Europe
Daniele Fattibene

Food is inexorably linked to many aspects of our daily life, from climate change to sustainable development, from civil conflicts to migration flows. Through its engagement with sustainable development and humanitarian assistance programmes, the EU has become a global food security player. The Union should therefore design and launch a food diplomacy under the aegis of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and its security policy. This is the only way to increase the effectiveness of its food security-related programmes and to make food available, safe and environmentally sustainable for all.

Climate Change
Energy
Security
Water
Middle East & North Africa
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

In the Middle East, the consequences of climate change are already a reality of life. The region is one of the most water-stressed areas in the world, the average temperature is rising faster than elsewhere, and a massive reduction in rainfall is also expected for the coming years. Adding to the conflicts and quarrels – ranging from the Israeli–Palestinian conflict to Syria and Iraq as well as to rivalries between Iran and the Gulf states – access to and use of natural resources act as yet another crisis amplifier in the region: water is as important here as land ownership and as precious as access to oil.

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Climate Change
Security
Global Issues
Megan Darby

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UN Climate Change Newsroom

At the annual Munich Security Conference, the UN’s top climate change official UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa gave an opening address at a discussion on human security and climate security. In her address, she called for a reframing of the narrative around climate change, given its far-ranging implications for global peace and stability.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
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Climate Diplomacy
Water
Global Issues
07 February, 2017

Water Connects

Dr. Thomas Vetter

With water resources under increasing pressure, transboundary water management and cooperation are becoming more and more important in shared river basins and should correspondingly step up on the diplomatic agenda. The paper “Water connects” outlines the available options and provides the scientific underpinning for future-oriented narratives and desirable action in water diplomacy.

Climate Change
Security
North America
Ed King

Falling sea ice levels due to climate change and spike in Russian activity require strategic response in US, says department of defense.

 

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Climate Change
Environment & Migration
Security
Global Issues
Jared Ferrie

When international leaders met in the Bangladeshi capital last month for ongoing discussions about a new global migration policy, they glossed over what experts say will soon become a massive driver of migration: climate change.

European Energy Agency

Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report published today. The report assesses the latest trends and projections on climate change and its impacts across Europe and finds that better and more flexible adaptation strategies, policies and measures will be crucial to lessen these impacts.

Climate Change
Energy
Global Issues
Brigitte Knopf

At first glance, the outlook for climate policy in 2017 does not look too promising: Donald Trump has become the president of the US  and presented an energy plan that does not even mention climate change but is based on shale gas and coal. In addition, Europe’s often claimed leadership in climate policy is in jeopardy, with Brexit and the potential outcome of elections in the Netherlands and France, where populism and EU scepticism is on the rise.

However, on reflection, this year could be a good starting point for the achievement of new milestones in climate protection. Part and parcel of this less pessimistic outlook are the aims of the G20 and its German presidency. Under the leadership of Angela Merkel there is a good chance for a push towards carbon pricing. This would allow the world to pursue a growth path that protects the environment at the same time as lifting people out of poverty.

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