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America Adapts the Climate Change Podcast

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A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. Join your host, Doug Parsons for America's leading podcast on climate change - America Adapts! Each episode, Doug sits down with scientists, activists, policymakers, and journalists to discuss the tough questions facing this country a… read more


Fundamentals of National Security and Climate Change with Commander Andrea Cameron of the U.S. Naval War College

In episode 126 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Commander Andrea Cameron of the U.S. Naval War College. In this episode, we discuss how the US military is approaching climate change; teaching this topic to military officers; learn what military branch is ahead on climate planning; how other countries like China and Russia are aggressively ramping up their adaptation efforts; the process of prioritizing a national threat and what we might expect to see in a Biden Administration. This episode will ground you on the fundamentals of climate change and national security.

Topics covered:

  • What is the U.S. Naval War College.
  • History of the US military thinking about climate change.
  • Developing climate curricula for the military officer class.
  • Does the DoD actually see climate change as a direct military threat?
  • Learn what branch is farther ahead on climate planning.
  • Are other countries, like China and Russia, factoring in climate change in their national defenses more effectively than the US?
  • We discuss “aggressive adaptation” by other countries. 
  • How does the US military prioritize a threat (and what does that mean for climate change)
  • Discussion on the upcoming conference, The National Security Significance of a Changing Climate: Risk and Resilience in the 21st Century
  • How to make climate change relevant to rank and file military personnel
  • What can we expect in an Biden Administration.

America Adapts was nominated for “Best Green Podcast’ by I Heart Radio! Learn about the other nominees here. And the awards ceremony will be streamed live (and virtually) on January 21st! Wish us luck!

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Information on the Naval War College National Security Event

The U.S. Naval War College will host a virtual conference entitled the “National Security Significance of a Changing Climate: Risk and Resilience in the 21st Century,” on Friday, January 8, 2021, from 8:30-3:30 EST.  This conference explores the national security and economic implications of climate change on the current and future security landscape. These renowned speakers show the continuity of effort across four administrations by highlighting significant accomplishments and then examining the challenges and opportunities in the future. The event will include panels on global power competition, state fragility, domestic response, defense infrastructure, and competition in the oceans.  The keynote speaker is the Hon. Alice C. Hill, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council, joined by other distinguished speakers to include Hon. Sherri Goodman, ADM(ret.) Paul Zukunft, Hon. John Conger, and many more.  Please see the attached preliminary agenda and informational video for additional details on panels and speakers.  Informational Video

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