Mistra Geopolitics researcher, André Månberger A new publication co-authored by Mistra Geopolitics researcher, André Månberger has been published in the Energy policy journal and is now available online. The study analysed demand for 12 metals in global climate mitigation scenarios up to 2060 and quantified the impacts on demand of different assumptions on improvements and technological mix. Annual and cumulative demands were compared with reserves and current mining rates. The study results showed that reserves are sufficient to support the total level of solar power, wind power and electric motors. Insufficient reserves may very well constrain certain sub-technologies, but substitutes that take the role of ‘back-stop’ technologies...

Are you also interested in climate change and security from a broad perspective? The Brussels Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy continously compiles those issues in reports, workshops proceedings and events. Mistra Geopolitics is represented through its partner E3G and did also send a delegation to the Climate Security Conference in the Hague in December 6, 2017. ...

© Mixed Alternative/Flickr  Although Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have agreed to limit warming to “well below” 2°C, the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) that have been submitted would result in warming closer to 3°C. Even this may be optimistic, as the 3°C estimate presumes that countries achieve their targets, which few are on track to do. With this reality as a backdrop, it is imperative to increase adaptation action worldwide and, in so doing, to scale up efforts from the local to the global. This new brief from SEI, IDDRI and ODI finds that a transboundary...

Photo from the piece "The Nuts and Bolts of a Climate-Conflict Link in East Africa". There have been ongoing debates among scholars regarding the potential relationship between climate change and violent conflict. A recent article on climate-conflict research arguing that research on climate change and violent conflict suffers from a “streetlight effect”, spurred Mistra Geopolitics researchers Malin Mobjörk (SIPRI) and Sebastian van Baalen (Uppsala University), to write this clarifying short piece titled, The Nuts and Bolts of a Climate-Conflict Link in East Africa. While they are in agreement with the authors on the Nature Climate Change article that there are several forms of sampling bias in this field including how...

[caption id="attachment_981" align="alignnone" width="172"] Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director[/caption] . Dear Mistra Geopolitics Programme partners and researchers, It is with significant satisfaction, relief, pride, and most of all considerable curiosity, that I summarize the activities for Mistra Geopolitics in the first year. Thanks to great efforts of the host institution and partners, the programme was officially launched in early May and all start up activities were accomplished as planned during the year. Therefore, we have been able to focus on the research activities as planned.  For the first year, the list of deliverables is quite impressive. I would like to highlight a few examples here...

The annual Planetary Security conference was held in The Hague, The Netherlands on 12 and 13 December 2017. It brought together nearly 300 senior policy-makers, diplomats, military leaders, researchers, NGOs and private businesses to debate the security implications of environmental change. Karl Hallding, senior research fellow at SEI and co-director of Mistra Geopolitics, was there and reflects here upon risks. We live in an era of unprecedented risks. We also have the unprecedented capability to foresee these risks, but there has been limited progress in how to use this information to support proactive governance. This gap between capability and governance response also...

Climate security, resilience and peace-building in Africa featured largely during last month’s Planetary Security Conference. Dr Eva Lövbrand, Senior Lecturer at Linköping University and Dr Malin Mobjörk, Senior Researcher at SIPRI; both deeply involved in the Mistra Geopolitics Programme were present. Here, they give a hopeful reflection with focus on Africa. The annual conference was held at The Hague, The Netherlands on 12 and 13 December. In its third year, the event brought together nearly 300 senior policy-makers, diplomats, military leaders, researchers, NGOs and private businesses to debate the security implications of environmental change. The takeaway message: peace-building, economic development and climate adaptation...

How can effectiveness be understood and measured, given the uncertainty and long temporal scales involved in climate security challenges? Read more in this new fact sheet from Mistra Geopolitics' researchers about the challenge about linking knowledge about local vulnerabilities, capacities and institutions with global governance responses and opportunities for cooperation across IGOs. Lisa Dellmuth...

Here is an opportunity for PhD students from low and middle-income countries to join the Mistra Geopolitics Research School in Sweden for the Autumn Semester 2018. In this call you find more information about how to apply for financial support for PhD students to spend a semester as guest researchers at the Mistra Geopolitics Research School. The aim of the support is to strengthen the links with partner organizations and to enable PhD students from low or middle income countries to spend a semester in Sweden and take part of the course work and activities of Mistra Geopolitics Research School. An important selection criteria...

Climate risk pathways Borderless climate risks have the potential to severely hamper or completely roll-back progress made on building resilience through climate change adaptation. Can they be addressed in the follow-up of the Paris Agreement’s global goal on adaptation? This concern was the convening force behind a recent UNFCCC Side Event at COP23, titled A Global Adaptation Goal and borderless climate risks: Strengths and limits of the Paris Agreement. The event was organized co-organized by SEI, Acclimatise, and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, and was supported by both Formas and Mistra Geopolitics. Below are five key insights from the conversation,...

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