climate change

How Climate Change Threatens Global Security

What do climate change and global security have in common? According to U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, everything. When speaking at Stanford University last month, Rice warned that America faces no greater long-term challenge than climate change, calling it an “advancing menace that imperils so many of the other things we hope to achieve.” For Rice, the danger of climate change lies not in its ability to spark the change necessary to create conflict, but in its ability to amplify social, political and environmental tensions.

Climate Modeling for the Classroom

The past week, NOAA Climate Stewards in Silver Spring held a climate modeling simulation workshop to introduce all educators to both the technology and potential of climate modeling. We were a full house ranging from public school teachers to nature center directors—but all of us were connected by our common interest in how technology can help us demonstrate and explain climate change to those we teach.

Aquifer Depletion – More Serious than Climate Change?

This month I had the pleasure of hearing Lester Brown (environmental analyst and founder of both the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute) speak at a Population Connection board meeting. Many of his remarks centered around energy resources but interestingly enough, rather than climate change, Brown sees aquifer depletion as the largest threat to the earth and its population.

Population Displacement: A Major Challenge Posed by Climate Change

In a panel discussion on future global trends hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Alice Thomas from Refugees International talked about the link between climate change, natural disasters and human displacement. She argued that climate change is undermining the security and livelihoods of those affected, and recommended strategies to tackle the humanitarian and displacement challenges.

Planetary Boundaries: Are We Making the Earth an Unsafe Space?

An article came out recently that suggested human activity has pushed earth beyond four of nine planetary boundaries. Planetary boundaries are identified environmental conditions that make earth a “safe operating space for humans” and a result of our human actions on the environment are shifting these boundaries.

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