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Climate Change (Research)

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change

National Security and the Threat of Climate ChangeThe purpose of this study is to examine the national security consequences of climate change. A dozen of the nation’s most respected retired admirals and generals have served as a Military Advisory Board to study how climate change could affect our nation’s security over the next 30 to 40 years—the time frame for developing new military capabilities. The specific questions addressed in this report are:
1. What conditions are climate changes likely to produce around the world that would represent security risks to the United States?
2. What are the ways in which these conditions may affect America’s national security interests?
3. What actions should the nation take to address the national security consequences of climate change?

What You Eat Affects Climate Change

You are What you EatUnderstanding causes and impacts of greenhouse gas emissions from food and agriculture can help you make choices to protect the environment. And what’s better for the environment is often better for your own health. Red meat and dairy are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions from food for an average U.S. household.
• Almost 1/3 of world human-caused GHGs are estimated to come from agriculture and forestry.
• Livestock production alone is responsible for an estimated 18% of world GHGs, more than the contribution of transportation, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Seeing People Through the Trees: Scaling up Efforts to Advance Rights and Address Poverty, Conflict and Climate Change

Seeing People through the TreesDespite fifty years of effort, few development interventions in forest areas have worked in favor of either the forest dwellers or the forests. A new approach and urgent action are needed. In this paper, we argue that recognizing and strengthening the property rights of forest communities is the first and most important step towards avoiding impending social and political collisions and establishing the sound institutional footing needed for social and economic development in forest areas. W e also argue that with robust and proactive steps, climate change and the global response to it can be converted from a major threat to a major opportunity to address these challenges. Action on rights and governance will also produce benefits not otherwise possible and yet critical at national, regional and global levels.

Looking Both Ways


Effectively solving the climate crisis demands that the mitigation and adaptation measures we employ align with a justice agenda that improves the circumstances of poor people, people of color, women, and children. If we fail to make synergistic efforts to protect the planet and lift up the most vulnerable among us, we are doomed to recreate an unsustain-able system that demands little of those with the most to give and the most of those with little to spare. Our mission is to construct a new economic and political system that is both sustainable and just. Women, who have and will continue to bear an increasingly disproportionate share of the climate change burden in coming decades, are central to the success of this mission.


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