Monday, January 12, 2009

A New Dialogue on Climate Change and Security

Today, the IISS has brought the Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security (TDCCS) online. This blog was set-up to be the online forum for anyone interested in the overlapping worlds of climate change and global security.

The scientific evidence on climate change and the role of human activities is overwhelming and impossible to ignore. One influential transatlantic constituency which has begun to take the threat of climate change seriously and to examine it from a global strategic perspective is the defence and security community.

The TDCCS is a forum within which North American and European policy-makers and experts can discuss security issues arising from climate change and identify policy options for mitigating some of these outcomes, including ways of engaging with other major carbon-emitting nations such as China and India.

Although the main goals of the TDCCS is to facilitate face-to-face meetings, conferences, and workshops, in today's interconnected world, it is increasingly important to build an online-presence. This blog will allowa free-flowing and open debate for any interested parties.

As the TDCCS Programme Manager, I (Andrew Holland) will be responsible for posting updates to the blog. Ever day, I will try to sift through any important related news articles, and post their links. As we gain a larger readership, I will attempt to post questions for a full and open discussion. This blog is an experiment, and I hope that we can build it into a real online forum.

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