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CSR Statement Delivered April 4th to the Biological Weapons Convention Preparatory Committee

The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Preparatory Committee meetings in Geneva began Monday, April 4th, and continue through April 11th, 2022. Pre-recorded, brief statements from nongovernmental organizations were delivered on Monday, including the following statement in support for the BWC’s mission…

U.S. House Adaptation Hearings Offer Insights for Climate Security Action

By Elsa Barron In early March, the U.S. House of Representatives hosted two hearings on climate adaptation in the United States. Given the current and future risks posed by climate change, including sea-level rise, intensifying natural disasters, and extreme temperatures,…

Read, Watch, Listen: CCS Across the Web | March 2022

By Brigitte Hugh Welcome to Read, Watch, Listen from CSR's Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a monthly round-up highlighting some of the articles, interviews, and podcasts featuring the CCS network of experts.   This month, our experts were largely…

RELEASE: The Climate and Security Advisory Group Grades Biden Administration on Climate Security 

Challenge Accepted, a new report issued by 79 senior national security experts recognizes the prioritization of climate change in the Administration’s security plans, but states it’s time to move from plans to bolder and more concrete action. On March 31,…

HIGHLIGHTS: House Armed Services Committee Talks Climate Strategies and Resiliency 

By John Conger On March 16, 2022, the Readiness Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing to discuss matters dealing with energy, installations, and environment at the Department of Defense. The witnesses were Paul Cramer, Acting Assistant…

EVENT SUMMARY: IPCC Authors Underscore Importance of Governance, Adaptation to Reduce Climate Vulnerability

By Brigitte Hugh  Our responses to climate challenges, or lack thereof, increasingly play a role in the severity of impacts on human systems. That’s part of “what makes climate risks so challenging to manage,” said Dr. Katherine Mach, a lead…

RELEASE: In Seminal Report, CSR Finds Declines in Pollination and Seed Dispersal Will Have Significant Security Consequences

Washington DC, March 22, 2022 – Today, the Converging Risks Lab of the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) released a groundbreaking report, Societal and Security Implications of Ecosystem Service Declines, Part 1: Pollination and Seed Dispersal. It is the first…

On The Verge – Interview with Chip Barber on Illegal Logging, Forestry Crime, and Forest Integrity (017)

In this episode, Dr. Natasha Bajema, Director of the Converging Risks Lab, moderates a discussion about illegal logging, forestry crime, forest integrity and their connection to security. The discussants are Dr. Rod Schoonover, Head of the Council on Strategic Risks’s…

Event Summary: COVID-19 Response Technologies & Their Future Role in Pathogen Early Warning

By Lillian Parr On February 23, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) hosted a webinar (video below) titled COVID-19 Response Technologies & Their Future Role in Pathogen Early Warning. While pathogen early warning capabilities have been growing and improving for…