Climate Change and National Security

60 National Security Leaders Send Trump a Letter – Stop Climate Denial

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.18.2019


60 former leaders in the military and national security community sent a letter today urging President Trump not to subject the government’s own authoritative climate reports to an apparently partisan review, The Washington Post reports.    Read the entire article at The Washington Post.    The letter references the Post’s recent report that the National Security […]


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Climate Economic Risks Threaten Systemic Collapse

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.20.2019


The gathering storm of human-caused threats to climate, nature and economy pose a danger of systemic collapse comparable to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report that calls for urgent and radical reform to protect political and social systems.   Read the entire article at The Guardian.    The study says the combination of […]


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Insurance Industry Increasingly Concerned about Climate Risks

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.13.2019


Major insurance carrier AXA has been surveying risk professionals for five years on their key emerging risks. Climate change has always ranked high. But this year’s survey produced a stunning result: of the 1,235 risk professionals, including 1,060 AXA employees all over the globe, the percentage of respondents pointing to climate change as their key concern rocketed up […]


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Civilization 6: Gathering Storm Video Game Teaches Climate Science

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 02.10.2019


Your civ is thriving, but your planet is dying. Do something!   Read the entire article at PC Gamer.   Civilization 6 will get eight new Civilizations and nine new Leaders in the upcoming Gathering Storm expansion, along with some big changes to its core systems and a major late-game challenge to deal with in the […]


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Buried, Altered, Silenced: How Government Climate Information Has Changed Under Trump

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 01.07.2019


After Donald Trump won the presidential election, hundreds of volunteers around the U.S. came together to “rescue” federal data on climate change, thought to be at risk under the new administration. “Guerilla archivists,” including ourselves, gathered to archive federal websites and preserve scientific data.   But what has happened since? Did the data vanish?   […]


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Katharine Hayhoe Reveals Surprising Climate Communication Tactics

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.28.2018


Katharine Hayhoe isn’t your typical atmospheric scientist. Throughout her career, the evangelical Christian and daughter of missionaries has had to convince many (including her pastor husband) that science and religion need not be at odds when it comes to climate change.   Read the entire article at Sierra.   “Often our instinct is to think that […]


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Intelligence Agencies Warn of Climate Risks in Worldwide Threat Assessment

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.02.2018


Intelligence officials testified before a Senate committee about global threats. They included: FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo.   Read the entire article at Inside Climate News.    […]


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Pentagon Moves Ahead with Obama-Era Climate Preparation Plan

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 09.22.2017


  Read the entire article at EcoWatch.   The Department of Defense (DoD) has warned for years that climate change is a national security threat and the agency continues to take steps to help the military navigate and prepare for the impacts of a warming planet. The Pentagon is plowing ahead with its 2014 “Climate Change […]


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Op-Ed by George Shultz – The Business Case for the Paris Climate Accord

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 05.10.2017


Read the entire editorial at the New York Times.   George P. Shultz served as Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan and as Secretary of the Treasury under Richard Nixon. In a recent barrage of public letters and full-page ads, Fortune 100 companies are voicing strong support for remaining in the Paris accord. The breadth of this […]


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China’s Coal Consumption Drops Again – Boosting Its Leadership on Climate Change

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager 03.17.2017


Reforms to the coal industry are central to Beijing’s climate campaign. The US and China had become critical partners on climate, crucially joining last year to endorse the Paris climate accord. In the face of US retrenchment on climate change, China can play a key role in implementing Paris.   China’s aggressive push has put it on […]


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