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Climate as a National Security Threat (Columbia SIPA)

The Pentagon has released its most ambitious blueprint to date for how the Department of Defense—the largest government agency in the United States and the largest employer in the world— intends to prepare for the risks associated with the  climate crisis.

The Climate Adaptation Plan, which describes climate change as a “destabilizing force” and a “national security risk,” offers a strategic roadmap for  the U.S. military to adapt to the impacts of the climate crisis. These include geopolitical turmoil, threats to U.S. military infrastructure and the increased frequency of natural disasters at home and abroad.

In this episode, Host Bill Loveless speaks to one of the pentagon leaders behind the report— Richard Kidd.

Mr. Kidd is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment & Energy Resilience at the Department of Defense. There, he oversees efforts related to coastal resilience, pollution prevention, and compliance with environmental laws.

They discuss how to balance the energy needs of today with a forward-thinking approach to managing the climate risks that have already and will continue to affect U.S. military operations.

Columbia | SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy | Climate as a National Security Threat

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Can the US and China cooperate on climate? (The Interpreter)

HENRY STOREY

Outlining the Biden administration’s approach to China, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in March that the United States would be “competitive when it should be, collaborative when it can be, and adversarial when it must be”. Climate change looked like an obvious vector for bilateral collaboration. In mid-April, “climate tsar” John Kerry became the first senior Biden administration official to visit China, releasing a joint statement on climate change with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua.

Can the US and China cooperate on climate? | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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(Climate/Energy/Asia) 2021 Climate and Energy Trends in Asia (CSIS)

This week, Justin Wu (BloombergNEF) and Lachlan Carey (CSIS) take a tour of all things climate and energy related across Asia. They start with the outlook for U.S.-China relations on climate under the Biden Administration, consider the recent carbon neutral targets announced by Japan and Korea, move to the Covid recovery efforts and clean energy agenda in Vietnam, Indonesia, and India, and finally take a look at Australia and its technology-forward climate policy.

https://www.csis.org/node/59877

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(Climate) The Nation-State vs. The Climate (Fair Observer)

By Peter Isackson

https://www.fairobserver.com/more/global_change/peter-isackson-daily-devils-dictionary-climate-energency-biden-administration-environmenal-policy-clean-energy-plan-pandemic-news-15278/

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(Europe) Europe Must Become a Global Climate Power (Josep Borrell, Werner Hoyer, Project-Syndicate)

The urgency of the climate crisis demands that the European Union turn its world-leading climate agenda into foreign policy. By deploying the financial, market, and diplomatic tools at its disposal, Europe can lead the rest of the world toward a more sustainable future, as envisioned in the Paris climate agreement.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/eu-climate-policy-is-foreign-policy-by-josep-borrell-and-werner-hoyer-2021-01