Environmental Protection

Climate security inadequate?

The Stockholm International Peace and Security Institute says that although the security implications of climate change have increasingly been debated by the UN Security Council, there are growing concerns about the UN’s overall response. In a new policy brief, SIPRI looks at how the climate security debate has evolved and highlights three priorities for action. [node:read-more:link]

More drone strikes likely?

Recent drone attacks on Saudi Arabian petroleum facilities evidently are raising concerns about the prospect of similar strikes against other strategic facilities. The extensive damage has spiked an increase in global oil prices. [node:read-more:link]

Chemical cleanups deadline

The Department of Defense has until January 2020 to submit final findings and recommendations on the proposed cleanup of carcinogenic fluoroalkyls which have been confirmed in the water supplies of at least 297 U.S. military bases. A task force set up by Defense Secretary Mark Esper in July has completed initial research. [node:read-more:link]

Saudi attack increasing tensions

Jens Stoltenberg, the Dane who has been Secretary General of NATO since 2014, worries about Middle East tensions rising after the weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s main oil-processing facility. While there’s an ongoing argument about who was responsible, Stoltenberg said Iran is “destabilizing” the region. [node:read-more:link]

Daunting “forever” chemicals

The cost of dealing with “forever chemical” contamination leaching into watersheds from U.S. military facilities is expected to surpass a initial estimate of $2 billion. The admission comes as Congress prepares to discussion draft budget legislation. [node:read-more:link]

Heathrow drone protest fizzles

Plans for a protest against a proposed third runway at London Heathrow airport, which would have seen drones flown within a no-fly zone, evidently fell apart after two persons were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance. Airport authorities say no commercial traffic was affected. [node:read-more:link]

Arctic agenda sound familiar?

The federal government's latest Arctic strategy includes promises profound change but one policy researcher says it’s short on detail. He says that there is nothing new in the current administration’s approach, that it basically retiterates commitments by previous administrations in Ottawa. [node:read-more:link]

Canada building its resilience to climate change

The Government of Canada creates an expert panel on measuring Canada’s progress in building its resilience to climate change. The panel will also support the federal government in better communicating to Canadians how we are preparing for and adapting to the current and future impacts of climate change. [node:read-more:link]

Brazil accepts help with fires

After initially refusing a G7 offer to help his country with fires in the Amazon rainforest unless his French counterpart apologized for calling him a liar about climate change, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to accept the offer. Equivalent to nearly $33 million, it was announced by President Emmanuel Macron as host of the 2019 G7 summit. [node:read-more:link]

Bolivia also fighting fires

As global attention has been focused on fires burning in the Brazilian Amazon, neighbouring Bolivia is battling at least 20,000 blazes in its share of the Amazon as well as a southeastern region of forests, prairies and farmland. [node:read-more:link]

Amazon fires global worrisome?

Widespread forest fires in Brazil’s Amazon basin is an international crisis which should be an issue at the G-7 Summit in France, say French President Emmanual Macron and German Chancellor Angela. Brazilian President Jair counters that the other leaders’ stance evokes a “colonial mindset.” [node:read-more:link]


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