The burning Amazon, melting ice in the Arctic, fires in Siberia, global storms, floods, and drought pose an unprecedented threat to European and international security. Climate change is a multi-layered, transnational threat. Cascading effects such as migration, water and food scarcity, and fierce competition for energy independence and control of resources could further accelerate conflict and competition in the 21st century. Joint efforts focussing on investment in sustainable technologies, strengthening climate security and resilience in vulnerable regions, and setting international standards for sustainable infrastructure and connectivity are needed to mitigate climate risk and provide lasting solutions. In times when global powers question and reject multilateral cooperation, the European Union and its member states must take the lead in this fight or risk the devastating impact of climate change.
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- What is the current state of scientific knowledge on climate change and how it will impact on Europe and its neighbourhood which are the focus of the EU’s security and defence policy?
- Which specific security challenges will climate change pose for the EU and its member states and how well are they prepared to face these challenges?
- How do military forces in both NATO and the EU see their role and utility in responding to climate induced events and scenarios?
- How can the EU better utilize its tremendous satellite capacity for navigating policy choices and actions on climate and security?
- Area of Expertise
- Climate & Energy
- Area of Expertise
- Peace, Security & Defence
- Frankly Speaking
- By Giles Merritt
- Europe's World
- By Jamie Shea