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Amazon Dams Keep the Lights On But Could Hurt Fish, Forests

A surge in hydroelectric power could displace the iconic region’s indigenous peoples and resources. When Asháninka Indian leader Ruth Buendía realized that a hydroelectric dam on the Amazon's Ene River would displace thousands of her people, she vowed to fight it. The project, she argued, would bring more hardship to families—including her own—already uprooted by political violence...
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Quote of the Month

"The impact of climate change is posing a growing challenge to peace and stability. That is why we need a new culture of international cooperation: affected states need to be involved at an early stage, and state resilience needs to become a leitmotif of foreign policy." - Frank‑Walter Steinmeier, German Foreign Minister, Presentation of the Report “A New Climate for Peace – Taking Action on Climate and Fragility
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What’s in a Name? States of Fragility and Adjusting Aid to Conflict Zones

Depending on how closely you pay attention to the OECD, you may have picked up on a subtle but meaningful change in this year’s States of Fragility report. Whereas previous reports were titled Fragile States, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has shifted its framing to focus less on states and more on conditions,...
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ECC Newsletter Edition 1/2015

We have published the first edition of the Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Newsletter in 2015. Read how foreign policy makers can use opportunities for green job creation to promote ambitious climate action, about linkages between climate change and fragility in Africa, or how climate change exacerbates conflicts between mining and herding in Mongolia.
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Climate Change Publications

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Berenter, Jared 2012: "Ground Truthing" Vulnerability and Adaptation in Africa. CCAPS Research brief No. 4.

Hendrix, C. and I. Salehyan 2011: The Brewing Storm? Climate Change, Rainfall, and Social Conflict in Africa. Policy Brief February 2011. Austin, TX: Strauss Center CCAPS.

Yanda, Pius and Salomé Bronkhorst 2011: Climate Change and Conflict: Conflict-Sensitive Climate Change Adaptation in Africa. Policy & Practice Brief Issue No.014. Durban: The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).

Mabey, N. 2010: Facing the Climate Security Threat: Why the Security Community Needs a "Whole-of-Government" Response to Global Climate Change. Washington, DC: GMF.

Taenzler, D. and A. Carius 2010: Future Landscapes of Conflict or Cooperation? Climate Security Needs Transatlantic Leadership. Washington, DC: GMF.

Maas, A./Tänzler, D. 2009: Regional Security Implications of Climate Change. A Synopsis. Berlin.

 

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Books & Studies

Berenter, Jared 2012: "Ground Truthing" Vulnerability and Adaptation in Africa. Austin: Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Huebert, Rob et al.  2012: Climate Change & International Security: The Arctic as a Bellwether. Calgary: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Swain, Ashok et al. 2011: Climate Change and the Risk of Violent Conflicts in Southern Africa. Uppsala: Uppsala University.

Sweeney, Gareth et al. (eds) 2011: Global Corruption Report: Climate Change. Berlin: Transparency International.

Stark, Jeffrey 2011: Climate Change and Conflict in Pastoralist Regions of Ethiopia: Mounting Challenges, Emerging Responses. CMM Discussion Paper No. 4. Washington, DC: USAID.

Holland, A. 2011: Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security: Final Report. London: International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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Documents

International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2011: Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. Geneva.

Statement of the President of the UN Security Council 2011: The Impact of Climate Change and the Maintenance of International Peace and Security.

UN General Assembly 2009: Resolution Climate change and its possible security implications (A/63/281).

European Commission 2009: EU Strategy for supporting Disaster Risk Reduction in Developing Countries.

High Representative and European Council 2008: Review on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy. Providing Security in a Changing World.

High Representative and European Commission 2008: Climate change and international security. Joint Paper to the European Council. Brussels.

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Links

Blog on climate change and energy security: http://www.thinkprogress.org/romm/issue/

Climate Ark: http://www.climateark.org/

Humanitarian Early Warning Service (HEWS): http://www.hewsweb.org

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction:  www.unisdr.org

IPCC: www.ipcc.ch

National Security Journalism Initiative: Global Warning. A complex climate threat. http://global-warning.org/main/explore-connections/

UN web gateway to climate change: http://www.un.org/climatechange/

 

 

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