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OHIO professor lends expertise to UN and other international panels on climate change

Corinne Colbert Sep 30, 2013

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Climate and security

OHIO professor lends expertise to UN and other international panels on climate change

Corinne Colbert September 30, 2013

Just this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) -- an initiative of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) -- released the first section of its 5th Assessment Report. It's the work of nearly 1,000 experts worldwide who sifted through six years' worth of scientific, technical and scholarly articles to aggregate and characterize everything we know about climate change, its potential impacts and its implications.

One of those experts is Geoff Dabelko, professor and director of Environmental Studies in Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He is one of the world's leading thinkers on how climate change and other environmental issues -- and our responses to them -- could affect national and human security.

"Environment, peace and security linkages are multiple, diverse and contested. I find that diversity is especially challenging and rewarding," Dabelko said. "It forces us to strip away our stereotypes about the environmental sector or the military sector to pursue pressing research questions on real-world problems. Surprising to many, we find these very different communities actually share some concerns and even some similar tools."

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