Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary

Climate Change and Security


About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

Heating up the Planet
Heating up the Planet

Climate change and security — selected resources on the web

On the Web

Climate Change and Security
The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies in London has mounted a programme of research and events to analyse the security implications of the climate threat in detail and address the urgent issues facing policy-makers today.

Climate Change: National and Regional Security Threat Multiplier for Australia
Jason Söderblom discusses the implications of climate change for national security. Published March/April 2008

Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS)
The Global Environmental Change and Human Security programme is is a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme. Research focuses on the way diverse social processes such as globalization, poverty, disease and conflict combine with global environmental change to affect human security.

Heating up the Planet: Climate Change and Security (0.7MB download)
In Heating up the Planet: Climate Change and Security, from the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Alan Dupont and Graeme Pearman detail the international security consequences of climate change, especially for the Asia-Pacific sector. Published June 2006

How Climate Change is Pushing the Boundaries of Security and Foreign Policy
How Climate Change is Pushing the Boundaries of Security and Foreign Policy, from Chatham House, argues that climate change is likely to cause international legal disputes, disrupt access to vital resources, and damage critical infrastructure. Maritime boundaries are particularly susceptible to re-evaluation as a result of climate change; uncertainties may increase hostilities related to borders. Published June 2007

Institute for Environment and Human Security
An institute of the United Nations University, the Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) addresses the probabilility of the occurrence of risks which are the consequence of environmental hazards. It was conceived to support policy- and decision makers with authoritative research and information.

National Intelligence Council Assessment
Congressional testimony regarding the results of a classified National Intelligence Council assessment of the threat to the security of the United States posed by climate change.

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change
National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, from CNA, explores ways projected climate change is a threat multiplier in already fragile regions, exacerbating conditions that lead to failed states. Relevant news links are provided. Published April 2007

Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security
The Pacific Institute is a non-partisan research institute that works to advance environmental protection, economic development, and social equity, recognising that the pressing problems of environmental degradation, poverty and political conflict and fundamentally inter-related and long-term solutions require an interdisciplinary perspective. Security and adaptation are focal areas.

Post-Conflict Branch
The Post-Conflict Branch extends the work of the United Nations Environment Programme in areas of the world where the natural and human environment has been damaged as a direct or indirect consequence of conflict.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015