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Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier

Global climate change poses an existential danger to humanity, but has faded into the background somewhat during the coronavirus pandemic. Now the issue is back with force. In the United States, President Biden formally rejoined the Paris climate agreement on the day of his inauguration, and has since announced very ambitious climate targets. In Germany, climate protection has remained a focal point of political debate even during the pandemic, and is one of the key issues in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) promises to be an interesting event. It was postponed because of the pandemic and will now take place in Glasgow in November 2021. Will the international community agree on further improvements to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius?

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Photo: picture alliance / NurPhoto | Carlos Costa


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Despite all geopolitical differences, climate protection needs more cooperation and binding rules
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Neither exaggerating nor downplaying helps to understand climate change as a conflict factor 
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Neglecting climate protection is an act of aggression 
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States can respond differently to climate security issues – but they should definitely not ignore them 
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In NATO and EU, climate security risks have to be placed on top of the strategic agenda
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Climate victims need adequate support – and a more responsible global community  
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Special: New Challenges for the Military and Conflict Management

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Adaptation and emissions reduction is an imperative necessity and an opportunity for Defence 
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"Somalia will become almost unlivable in certain areas"

An interview with Christophe Hodder, UNSOM

Environmental disasters, migration and conflict: Somalia must break destabilizing vicious circles
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