Will India shift its stance on climate security in the UNSC?
It’s official: India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for 2021-22. Previously, the country has adopted a cautionary approach towards climate security. While it may not significantly shift its positions, global realities may trigger more openness, with an eye on multilateralism, rule of law and fairness.
Desertification dries up economy and instigates crime in Basra
Desertification in Basra Governorate is classified as "very severe”. At this level, the land becomes barren and arid. Many abandoned their lands to settle in the city. As a result, the number of unemployed in Basra has increased. Desertification is one of the main factors hindering social and economic development and exacerbating economic difficulties, which, in turn, worsen the security situation.
How climate services can help mitigate crises and conflict
Extreme weather events are expected to become more severe under future climate conditions making them a source of concern for policymakers in national and international security. The lack of proper disaster preparedness could lead to conflict. But the timely provision of important climate data to decision-makers could play a key role in averting these conflicts.