COP 26

The COP 26 climate change summit that opened in Glasgow on Sunday has been billed as “the last chance to save the planet”. The sense of urgency is palpable, the pressure on politicians to agree to something meaningful is considerable. But even if, against the odds, the conference is a huge success and governments commit to serious action, the hard work of convincing ordinary people that many aspects of our lives, many things we take for granted, are going to have to change has barely begun.

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Climate Change and National Security

National militaries typically have very large carbon footprints, and in the fight against climate change they are not naturally thought of as being in the forefront of efforts to go green. The British armed forces are however becoming recognised as a leader in the thinking on how to reduce carbon emissions without compromising national security.  It is a subject which can only grow in importance and profile, and I am thus very pleased to publish a guest article by my brother Lt Gen Richard Nugee, until recently in charge of the Armed Forces’ Sustainability strategy, in which he discusses why climate change is after all a security issue and what role the military and the Ministry of Defence can play. 

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