Australia’s Climate Security
CPD’s recent work on climate change has focused on the implications of a changing climate for Australia’s national security. Our agenda-setting report The Longest Conflict (2015) revealed that Australia has lagged key allies in preparing for the security and defence impacts of climate change, contributing directly to the 2016 Defence White Paper’s acknowledgement that climate change has national security consequences. In April 2017, we hosted visiting US expert Sherri Goodman, representatives from the ADF and senior stakeholders to discuss the latest developments on climate security – including signs that these issues are being taken more seriously at the highest levels within Defence. Beyond our borders, CPD is promoting regional cooperation on climate-induced displacement through the ADFM, and more effective climate security partnerships with our allies, including by participating in two climate security working groups internationally.