Sunday, June 27, 2010

Global Warring Wins one of three $5000 Awards of Special Merit in the Grantham Prize!!!

In a very proud day for her parent's Cleo's Global Warring has won one of three $5000 Awards of Special Merit in the Grantham Prize!!! They also said some very nice things about the book: 
 Grantham Prize Jury Comments on Global Warring

In this fascinating, penetrating and stylistically crafted book, Cleo Paskal goes where other examinations of climate change have not – beyond the impacts to particular species or ecosystems and to the very structure on which our global civilization is built: the relationships between and among nations.
Paskal makes a convincing case that climate change will threaten global security and rock already tenuous geopolitical balances around the world. She begins with the most likely climate-change scenarios, then subjects them to insightful economic and political analysis.
She envisions the United States and the European Union facing off against China and Russia in a new kind of Cold War, one centered not on ideology but on such issues as control of the emerging Northwest Passage through the Arctic and water shortages in Asia. Within the U.S., France and other countries, she sees the potential for enormous unrest based on changing climate factors.
Yet Paskal’s book is far from scare-mongering. Rather, it lays out policy prescriptions that can help Western governments and their citizens manage through both adaptation and mitigation. This is cutting-edge journalism, the first of what will certainly be the next wave of climate-change exploration.
To read more, click here.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Video: Cleo's TEDx Talk from Pilani, India

Cleo is now a Huffington Post blogger :-)

Cleo's first HuffPo blog entry went up today. You can see it here. Leave a comment and let her know what you think

Video of Woodrow Wilson Center event Backdraft: The Conflict Potential of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation

On June 10, at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, Cleo joined  Alexander Carius, co-founder and managing director of Adelphi Research and Adelphi Consult, Stacy VanDeveer of the University of New Hampshire, and Geoff Dabelko of Environmental Change and Security Program to discuss the unintended security consequences of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies.

The wide-ranging discussion covered everything from Copenhagen to Rare Earth. Said Cleo: “We need to blow open the box on how complicated these problems are. We need as many different people involved and as many different sorts of solutions as possible.”

To read a write up of the event, click here.

To see the video, click here

Video of International Institute for Strategic Studies session on Climate Change and Conflict – A net assessment of the risks to international security presented by climate change

On May 28, at the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels, Cleo joined Lieutenant Colonel Ian Astley, of the Global Strategic Trends Programme, UK Ministry of Defense’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre and Jeffrey Mazo, the IISS Research Fellow for Environmental Security and Science Policy for presentations and discussions about the security risks of environmental change. 

To see a write up of the event, and for a link to the video, click here.

Profile of Cleo Paskal (with interview) in the Toronto Star

Antonia Zerbisias, the great Toronto Star columnist interviewed Cleo before her IdeaCity talk. An excerpt:

Q: When you say that the world map will be redrawn, how much upheaval will there be?
A: If the U.S. doesn't start to deal with the domestic disruption, then I am very concerned that it will fragment and destabilize. If that happens, the world will be severely affected.
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Review of Global Warring in the Malaysia Sun

A just published review of Global Warring in the Malaysia Sun includes:

[Paskal's] closing, after many well argued presentations says that with “all the threads together, the world of tomorrow looks chaotic and violent. Even more so than usual. And even more than expected.” Our current “social, political, security and economic structures [are built] on the assumption that there are certain geophysical and climatic constants to act as a foundation. There aren’t. There never have been. And there never will be.” So now you can go read the apocalyptic and survivalist authors, as this relatively calm academic analysis arrives at a pretty gloomy and scary picture.

For more, click here.