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Research Report

Clout and Climate Change War Game:: Participant Briefing Book

Sharon Burke
Christine Parthemore
Copyright Date: Jul. 27, 2008
Pages: 99

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  1. (pp. 1-2)
  2. (pp. 3-3)
  3. (pp. 16-21)

    On behalf of The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and its consortium partners, welcome to Clout & Climate Change, a climate change β€œwar game,” or scenario planning exercise. This event brings together scientists, national security strategists, political leaders, and members of the business communities from Asia, Europe, South Asia, and the United States to look at plausible future scenarios and consider the national security and foreign policy implications of global climate change.

    The consortium of ten partners agreed that the timing was right to hold a climate change scenario game. Last year, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

  4. (pp. 22-82)

    2008 was a watershed year for climate change: the Northwest Passage thawed for the first time in human memory; China experienced record snowstorms; a devastating cyclone hit Myanmar; rising energy prices combined with drought and other climate conditions and governance problems to raise food prices around the world, sparking unrest on three continents; and the American Midwest had a 500-year flood for the second time in 15 years.

    The intervening years, 2008 to 2015, have seen more – in some cases much more – of the same. Changing weather patterns and increased numbers of severe weather events, along with small...