Fall 2013 Symposium

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The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Presents 


Rising Temps and Emerging Threats:

The Intersection of Climate Change and National Security in the 21st Century

Friday, October 25, 2013

Chase Community Center
Vermont Law School
South Royalton, VT


Speakers Program Accommodations


As the premier environmental law journal for the nation’s leading environmental law school, the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is pleased to announce that our 2013-2014 Symposium will address the rapidly emerging issue of climate change and national security.

Since 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense has identified climate change as one of the top threats to U.S. national security. More recently, President Barack Obama announced that the United States needs to prepare for a future of weather aggravated by rising temperatures. “The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years,” Obama stated in his June 2013 address, describing the impact on our livelihoods, homes, businesses, emergency services, disaster relief, and food prices.


Across the globe, warming temperatures and changing weather conditions have worsened water scarcity, desertification, and agricultural output forcing global migration.  What is more, sea-level rise, and increasing resource conflicts and humanitarian disasters, threaten the military’s ability to respond.

This day-long Symposium will bring together a variety of experts to address a number of these pressing security issues facing the U.S. and international community today.  Panelists will discuss, debate, and address the real and immediate threats that climate change presents to:

– national security;
– the military’s adaptations and response to climate change;
– the growing threat of climate based forced migration; and
– food security as national security.

We hope you will join the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law for this timely 2013-2014 Symposium.

For more information, please contact Symposium Editor, Molly Gray at vjel@vermontlaw.edu.