Lead Editors: Alexander Carius (adelphi), Noah Gordon (adelphi), and Lauren Risi (Wilson Center)

For too long, foreign policymakers have largely left climate issues to energy or environment ministries. A new essay series by adelphi and the Wilson Center seeks to change that.

Catherine Wong and Nika Saeedi (United Nations Development Programme, UNDP)
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This policy brief explores initial lessons learnt from a climate security perspective of efforts to prevent violent extremism in politically and environmentally fragile contexts affected by climate change.

Nisha Pandey (Shodh Nepal), Lukas Rüttinger and Susanne Wolfmaier (adelphi)
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Although Nepal’s overall security situation has improved considerably and is stable, important underlying drivers and structural causes of conflict still exist. Climate change accentuates Nepal’s economic and political vulnerabilities. Climate impacts can act as a stressor on existing drivers and structural causes of conflict, adding an additional layer of risk to Nepal’s resilience.

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The 2020 Berlin Climate and Security Conference (BCSC) proved an important space for international organisations, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society to convene, discuss how climate change is affecting peace and security, and to explore the concrete actions to address climate-security risks.

Beatrice Mosello, Adrian Foong, Christian König, Susanne Wolfmaier and Emily Wright (adelphi)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has profound global impacts. While all countries have been affected, the pandemic is hitting those that were already struggling with poverty, conflict and the impacts of climate change especially hard. This report seeks to explore these dynamics.

Climate Diplomacy
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Stella Schaller, Katarina Schulz and Beatrice Mosello (adelphi)
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This manual is a compilation of introductory texts and the most relevant reports in the field of climate change and security. It covers the issue of how climate change converges with other global pressures to exacerbate global security challenges and intensify instability in fragile societies. It also discusses entry points to alleviate climate security pressures, and features interactive tools to help you understand the manifold findings on the subject and potential solutions.

Climate Change
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World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
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The United in Science 2020 report has been compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) under the direction of the UN Secretary-General to bring together the latest climate science-related updates from a group of key global partner organisations. 

Civil Society
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Global Witness

For years, land and environmental defenders have been the first line of defence against climate breakdown. Yet despite clearer evidence than ever of the crucial role they play, far too many businesses, financiers and governments fail to safeguard their vital and peaceful work. 

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Security
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Dr. Judith Nora Hardt and Alina Viehoff, Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg

This new research report by the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH) investigates to what extent the 15 current member states of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) perceive climate change as a threat to their own security and security worldwide and to what extent they integrate the climate change-security nexus – the multiple security threats posed by climate change – into their domestic and foreign policies and their respective positions in the UN.

Kevin M. Adams, Katy Harris, Richard J. T. Klein, Frida Lager and Magnus Benzie (Stockholm Environment Institute)
Policy Brief

This brief provides an overview of the state of knowledge on transboundary climate risks in Europe, and explores how this knowledge could help Member States, businesses and the EU as a whole to advance climate-resilient trade and production.

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