Coping with Climate Change

The third theme advances research begun in CliSAP-1 on the implications of different strategies of coping with climate change for international security. One project is to continue analyzing the security implications of increased civilian nuclear power, solar- and bio-energy against the competing goals of energy supply security and avoidance of CO2 leakage (Kalinowski, Singer, Neuneck, Scheffran). An emerging research theme investigates the security implications of large-scale modifications of the climate system (climate engineering) bringing in work by the CRG-Hartmann (Köhler et al 2010). The research on the implications of security discourses will be extended to an analysis of the role and importance of security actors in climate politics (Brzoska) with a particular view on the impact of robust modeling and reliable emission reporting on possible conflicts over common strategies (Kalinowski). Additionally, the implications of differing conceptions and representation of justice in climate policies will be investigated (Schäfer, Schnegg in cooperation with C-3). The guiding question joining the projects, which will be coordinated by a post-doc, is how climate strategies can be implemented without generating threats to international security so as to promote cooperation rather than conflicts in international relations.