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Climate Agreement in Cancun: Important Progress, but Difficult Questions Remain Unanswered

In the early hours of Saturday morning in the Mexican tropical resort of Cancun, international climate negotiators from the 193 countries and observer states came to agreement on what will now be know as the 'Cancun Agreements'.  After the...

Posted December 14, 2010    

Europe Can Teach America about Energy Security and Climate Policy

Yesterday, Forbes.com published a column by Larry Bell, “Disarmament in America’s Energy Security Battles”.  I thought it was extraordinary, even by the low standards of opinion journalism, in its blatant disregard for the facts.  So...

Posted November 19, 2010    

US Climate Policy with a Republican House

Below is a blog post from IISS intern, Marie Steinrucke, with a good analysis of how climate policy affected the elections, and what that means for policy going forward.  I’ve presented it mostly unchanged.   I’m hopeful that there’s...

Posted November 8, 2010    

Guest Post by Jeff Mazo: Climate Wars: Not if, but When

Today, I am republishing a blog post from Jeff Mazo, the IISS' Research Fellow for Environmental Security and Science Policy.  He posted it to the IISS 'Voices' blog about a presentation given in London by Gwynne Dyer about his new book "...

Posted November 5, 2010    

The Nuclear Energy Debate in Germany and the US

Three Mile Island (Copyright National Geographic)IISS-US Intern Marie Steinrucke has put together an interesting guest post on recent developments on nuclear energy in Germany and the United States.  I think she brings up some very important...

Posted October 20, 2010    

Climate, Weather and the Media

There is an excellent blog post on the Economist's 'Democracy in America' blog about the media's handling of two weather events of the last year: the snowstorms and the Russian fires.  He presents an analogy of coverage of weather as part of...

Posted August 5, 2010    

An Aside into Domestic US Politics

I have spent very little time on this blog delving into the US political debate about climate policy.  Frankly, in the short to medium term, it doesn't matter very much for security policy what any nation does.  Most scientists say that we...

Posted June 10, 2010    

NBC Nightly News on Climate Security

Via the Institute for Environmental Security, I found this report from NBC's Nightly News about climate change and security issues, focusing on Egypt.  Though it is from five months ago, I think the reporter, Jim Maceda, does a...

Posted May 11, 2010    

Arguing the link between Climate Change and Security

I've noticed some concerns by critics about how climate change is linked to security.  A common thread I've heard is that military and security planners are just looking for another threat to justify their existence (and their budgets). ...

Posted May 7, 2010    

A Debate About the Relevence of 'Climate Security'

Keith Kloor has an interesting thread of debate going on his 'Collide-a-Scape' blog about climate security, which he started with interviews with Cleo Paskal and Geoff Dabelko.  Before these interviews, Keith says: In reality, the...

Posted May 5, 2010    

Russia, Ukraine, Natural Gas, and the Black Sea Fleet

This is a guest post from our IISS-US intern, Madeleine Foley, talking about the recent agreement between Russia and Ukraine on gas transit and Crimean Naval Bases.  As Europe continues to rely on Russian Gas to meet its climate targets,...

Posted May 3, 2010    

Updated - Jeff Mazo's Climate Conflict Presentation

Last week, on Wednesday 21 April, 2010 Jeffrey Mazo, the IISS' Research Fellow for Environmental Security and Science Policy, launched his new Adelphi Book, Climate Conflict: How Global Warming Threatens Security and What to Do about it. I...

Posted April 27, 2010