Environmental Warfare in Ukraine: Should We Prosecute Eco-Crimes Like War Crimes?

A factory and a store burning after being bombarded in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on March 6, 2022 (Flickr). Ukraine is on the verge of an ecological tragedy. The destruction of industrial facilities and contamination from heavy weaponry means that if Ukrainians are able to return to their homeland, they might not have … Continue reading Environmental Warfare in Ukraine: Should We Prosecute Eco-Crimes Like War Crimes?

The Rising Dilemma

Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands, where residents have had to build homemade seawalls to protect their homes and communities. Photo Credit: Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR The 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change is a “code red” for humanity. On the track we are headed, the global surface … Continue reading The Rising Dilemma

Climate Change: A Dynamic Threat

Sunsets started to tease the Arctic horizon as scientists on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy headed south in the Chukchi Sea during the final days collecting ocean data for the 2011 ICESCAPE mission. Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Climate change already devastates our environment, most visibly in the form of massive … Continue reading Climate Change: A Dynamic Threat

The Resource Curse, Colonialism, and The Hypocrisy of Western “Climate Leadership”

Photo Credit: Getty Images Introduction: Is Colonialism still in the Atmosphere? Western countries are often hypocrites, especially when it comes to climate change mitigation. As the world works to curb emissions and tackle climate change, many Western countries, including the U.S., Britain, France, and Germany, are investing in green energy sectors across African countries attempting … Continue reading The Resource Curse, Colonialism, and The Hypocrisy of Western “Climate Leadership”

How Air Pollution Acts as a Force Multiplier for Aggressive Behavior, and What Can Be Done About it

By now, we are well aware of the catastrophic effects of greenhouse gas emissions and corrupt industrial practices. We are pumping pollutants into our atmosphere at least 10 times the rates at which humans did 250 million years ago when the largest extinction event in Earth’s history nearly wiped out all life on Earth. Low-altitude … Continue reading How Air Pollution Acts as a Force Multiplier for Aggressive Behavior, and What Can Be Done About it

Are Almonds the National Security Threat of the Moment?

An Abandoned Almond Orchard in Newman, California. Photo Credit: Terry Chea/AP It is not a coincidence that both the Southwest and California, agricultural centers of the U.S., are increasingly water stressed. Though megadroughts are now a characteristic of the region, California alone produces more than 90 percent of some U.S. agricultural products, including broccoli, almonds, … Continue reading Are Almonds the National Security Threat of the Moment?

Environmental Racism and Climate Justice: The Racialized Climate Catastrophe

A child navigates flooding in the Kurigram District of Bangladesh. Photo Credit: The United Nations Children's Fund/Akash In policymaking circles at home and abroad, there is a growing consensus that climate change represents a grave threat to both national and global security. From Southeast Asia to the Arctic Circle, disparate regions will contend with rising … Continue reading Environmental Racism and Climate Justice: The Racialized Climate Catastrophe

Rethinking the Traditional US National Security Agenda: Part One

Photo Credit: Science|Business The events that have unfolded in 2020 thus far underscore the need to rethink the US national security agenda.  For decades, the U.S. has zeroed in on great power competition and terrorism as leading US national security concerns.  This ordering reflects the traditional security paradigm, which places the state at the center … Continue reading Rethinking the Traditional US National Security Agenda: Part One

Climate Change and Armed Conflict: Assessing the World’s Most Vulnerable Region

Global map depicting warming temperatures. Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Perhaps no region on Earth is positioned to suffer the horrors of climate change more acutely than the Middle East, which already contends with limited rainfall, prolonged droughts, and scorching heat. This is especially worrisome given that scholars posit a direct connection between rising global temperatures and … Continue reading Climate Change and Armed Conflict: Assessing the World’s Most Vulnerable Region

Beijing-Moscow Relations Will Cool As the Arctic Heats Up

President Putin and President Xi. Photo Credit: AP By: Ezra Shapiro, Columnist In recent years, Russia and China’s growing collaboration on energy and shipping projects in the Arctic has caused some consternation among U.S policymakers. Despite the countries’ current cooperation, Moscow and Beijing’s long-term ambitions are fundamentally at odds with each other. Russia places a … Continue reading Beijing-Moscow Relations Will Cool As the Arctic Heats Up