Security embodies much more than the traditional concerns of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. For the past 13 years, ECSP has worked to redefine security to encompass environmental, ecological, and demographic issues. From population growth to water scarcity and degraded ecosystems, these crucial and timely issues are today's new security threats.

Yet, environmental security, despite its importance, is often misunderstood or misinterpreted. The connections between and among the issues of population growth, environment, and security are complex and not easily condensed into headlines or soundbites. Similarly, reporters may not have the luxury of space or time to thoroughly connect the dots.

To flesh out these crucial connections, ECSP has launched The New Security Beat, a new blog providing frequent updates and commentary on the latest news stories and reports pertaining to environmental security. Contributors include staff members of ECSP, but will grow to include guest contributors and commentators.

See our recent posts linking to more information on the security implications of China's gender imbalance, the threats facing young girls gathering illegal wood in Ethiopia, the link between climate change and terrorism, and much more.