Monday, January 17, 2011

Larry Kobayashi, Director of the CIA's Center on Climate Change and National Security, Briefs the Pew Charitable Trusts

On January 13, 2011, the Pew Project on National Security, Energy & Climate in Washington D.C. held a briefing by Larry Kobayashi, the Director of the CIA's Center on Climate Change and National Security.

PEW events are generally only open to journalists and the policy community, but I will post a transcript of the briefing if it becomes available. [See information on the CIA's efforts to meet the challenges of climate change and global warming on my previous two posts.]

To learn what the CIA thinks about climate change read "Our Man in the Greenhouse: Why the CIA is Spying on a Changing Climate." A very similar story was published by McClatchy (1-10-11), and they have a video interview that works.

Pew (1-13-11) reports:

Founded in 2009, the charter of the CIA's Center on Climate Change and National Security is not the science of climate change, but the national security impact of phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels, population shifts, and heightened competition for natural resources. The Center provides support to American policymakers as they negotiate, implement, and verify international agreements on environmental issues.

The Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate is an initiative of the Pew Environment Group, and is dedicated to highlighting the critical linkages among national security, energy independence, the economy and climate change. The Pew Project brings together military, security, and scientific experts to examine new strategies for combating climate change, protecting our national security, increasing our energy independence and preserving our nation's natural resources.

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