Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change

By Coral Davenport
October 13, 2014
The New York Times 

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.

The report lays out a road map to show how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic military planning situations to a rethinking of the movement of supplies.

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2014 ANNUAL PEACE CONFERENCE

WATER AND PEACE: Is Peace Possible in an era of Diminishing Water Supplies?
Annual Peace Conference to Focus on Water Issues

Water is so essential for life that wars have been fought over it. And the accelerating pace of climate change all but guarantees that conflicts over water resources will become more frequent, widespread and intense. Even Nebraska, which sits atop one of the largest fresh-water aquifers in the world, is not exempt from this social and economic tension, as evidenced by the ongoing dispute in the Republican River basin.

Our increasingly precious water resources will be the subject of the keynote presentation entitled “Water and Peace: Is Peace Possible in an Era of Diminishing Water Supplies?” at the 2014 Annual Peace Conference in Lincoln Saturday, October 4. A panel of four individuals will provide an overview of Nebraska’s current water supply and use, projections for future availability, the social and economic impact of water (and food) shortages both here and internationally, and possible local and state initiatives to address this looming peril.

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Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

September 10, 2014
The Progressive
By Phyllis Bennis

The following article from The Progessive is by political analyst Phyllis Bennis. She was the keynote speaker at the Nenraskans for Peace's Annual Peace Conference in 2009. Don't forget to register TODAY for the 2014 Annual Peace Conference coming up on October 4.

President Obama is right: There is no military solution.

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UNL Climate Study Report Release

Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska

The following email is from State Senator Ken Haar, who will be speaking at the Nebraskans for Peace Annual Peace Conference on October 4, 2014.

Last year, the Legislature passed my bill, LB 583, requiring a study of climate change in Nebraska. The University of Nebraska (UNL) stepped up to produce the scientific study. On Sept. 25, the study report will be released as part of the Heuermann Lecture Series – an annual series hosted by UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Water and Peace

Is Peace Possible in an Era of Diminishing Water Supplies?

Water is so essential for life that wars have been fought over it. And with the accelerating pace of climate change, conflicts over water resources will become more frequent, widespread and intense. Even an agricultural powerhouse like Nebraska, sitting atop one of the largest fresh-water aquifers in the world, is projected to face water shortages in the decades to come. Potable water, it turns out, is not only essential for life. It’s essential to creating the conditions for peace.

Our diminishing water resources, fittingly enough, will be the subject of the keynote presentation at the 2014 Annual Peace Conference in Lincoln, Saturday, October 4. A panel of four presenters will provide an overview of our current water supply and use, projections for future availability, the social and economic impact of water (and food) shortages, and local initiatives to address this looming peril. Dr. Ann Bleed, past director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, is a hydrologist and expert on state and regional water policy. Professor Clint Rowe is a UNL climatologist and co-author of the university’s climate assessment slated for release September 25. Retired UNL professor and NFP president emeritus Paul Olson is one of the premier authorities on peacemaking in the state. And State Senator Ken Haar, District #21, is the Nebraska Legislature’s leading environmental advocate. Together these four panelists will provide a well-rounded perspective on the challenge climate change and resource scarcity present to human society and the earth’s ecosystem.

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