Environmental Security

Securing the Third Pole: Glaciers, Snowpacks, and Water Vulnerability in High Asia

Known as the “Third Pole,” the Hindu-Kush-Himalaya, Pamir and Tien Shan mountain ranges of High Asia are home to the snow and ice headwaters of Asia’s most important rivers. These rivers provide drinking water, hydropower, irrigation, and other essential services to billions of people living downstream and changes in the mountains’ glaciers and snow reservoirs have cascading impacts on the region’s economic and human security. Protecting these essential water sources in a complex geopolitical setting requires transboundary science, public policy, and local efforts.

Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

Thank you for your interest in the event. Due to high response, we are not accepting any more registrations at this time. Please tune-in live to this webpage on November 28th to watch the event. 

 

Bridging Research and Policy on Climate Change and Conflict

Globally, we have seen an increase in climate impacts and security risks. At the same time, we have seen substantial progress in research on how climatic changes may alter or enhance the propensity for new violence or interact with existing conflicts. 
 

Will the Task Force on Arctic Marine Cooperation Deliver?

Over the past decade, the Arctic Council (AC) has evolved into the pre-eminent international forum for addressing Arctic issues. Among other things, it now boasts a permanent Secretariat and an Indigenous Peoples Secretariat. It has also helped establish a number of other entities, including the Arctic Economic Council, the Arctic Coast Guard Forum and the Arctic Offshore Regulators’ Forum.

America Must Act on the North and South Poles

The two poles of our planet — the Arctic and Antarctica — demand greater attention right now. For decades, the United States has played a leadership role in both regions, a responsibility that it must continue to fulfill as a warming climate and other drivers of change are creating new challenges and opportunities. Regrettably, the Trump administration has not devoted the resources or high-level attention necessary to maintaining American leadership position on these critical matters.

National Guard Interests in the Arctic: Arctic and Extreme Cold Weather Capability

Senior leaders representing the National Guard Arctic Interest Council will discuss how the National Guard is contributing to the advancement of Arctic and cold weather capabilities within U.S. defense institutions. The National Guard Arctic Interest Council is a forum of subject matter experts from eighteen States with interests in cold weather and Arctic operations.

Shaping Alaska’s Climate Policy: A Conversation with Lt. Governor Byron Mallott

Alaska is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the U.S. and is already experiencing adverse impacts from climate change. Across the state, Alaskans are observing unprecedented environmental changes that threaten their health, safety, culture, and economic security.

Maritime Security in the Polar Regions: Legal Perspectives from the United States and China

Large-scale environmental changes have precipitated changing geopolitical and maritime conditions at both poles. These changes are expanding shipping and resource development activities in the Arctic.  Similar changes are also affecting Antarctica and may complicate governance of scientific research, tourism and fisheries management in that region. Both China, which released in January 2018 its first formal Arctic policy, and the United States have interests in the responsible development of the Arctic region and are key players in Antarctica as well.

Big Data for Resilience (BD4R) Storybook Launch Event

Could a ‘resilience lens’ help us to better understand and use Big Data in international development?

 

Experiences around the world suggest that Big Data is enabling larger, creative, and often socially-driven changes involving highly diverse stakeholders. But there is still a lot to learn about the links that exist between Big Data, resilience, and the achievement of long-term development goals, and about their implications for practitioners, policy makers and researchers.

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