Millennium Leadership Program

  • Using Citizen-Based Observations to Plan for Climate Change

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    As a global challenge with profound implications at the local level, climate change provides new opportunities for individual engagement. Communities around the world have their own unique experiences with the effects of climate change, as well as drastically different climate adaptation needs. This gives individuals an unprecedented role to play in sharing information and guiding policymaking through citizen-based observation. In “Using Citizen-Based Observations to Plan for Climate Change,” Sarah Abdelrahim looks at the work of a variety of
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  • The United States’ Climate Change Relocation Plan

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    The reality of internally displaced communities due to sea level rise, flooding, and extreme storm events in the United States has arrived, and is poised to get worse. However, the US federal government remains ill-prepared to deal with the immense and undeniable human security challenge at hand. At present, there is no dedicated funding, dedicated lead agency, or dedicated policy framework to guide communities in need of relocation. In "The United States’ Climate Change Relocation Plan," Victoria Hermann looks at private,
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  • How to Help the Environment


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  • ‘We’re Not Going Back from a Low-Carbon Future’

    Former US officials criticize Trump’s decision to quit Paris climate deal

    While US President Donald J. Trump predicated his withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord on the protection and restoration of US coal jobs, clean energy technology is not only the most effective, but an essential path toward improving the economy and fighting climate change, according to former US energy and environment officials.

    “We’re not going back from a low-carbon future,” Ernest Moniz, who served as US secretary of energy under former US President Barack Obama, said at the Atlantic Council’s Tipping Points conference on June 21-22, hosted by the Millennium Leadership Program. “The clean energy global economy is going to be a multi-trillion-dollar economy,” he added.

    “We have shown that you can have a clean and green environment, make environmental progress, and have our economy grow,” said Christine Todd Whitman, who served as Environmental Protection Agency...

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  • Macron Signifies a New ‘Third Way’ for France and Europe

    The election of Emmanuel Macron as France’s president on May 7 is a welcome boost for “third way” politics, a centrist political philosophy that broadly advocates a combination of right-wing economic and left-wing social policies. For the first time since the 1970s, France has elected a president that does not belong to either of the two major parties. In doing so, they chose a pragmatic vision for the future.

    With the European Union’s (EU) existence under threat after years of underachievement and a morale-sapping Brexit referendum, the renewed impetus brought about by the election of the profoundly pro-European Macron is an opportunity to define a new practical vision for the rejuvenation of the European project.

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  • Political Consensus and the Energy Transition

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    There has been a global push toward finding a way to reduce the impact of climate change. In an attempt to help achieve this goal, countries have made changes to move toward low-carbon economies. Comparing transitions toward a low-carbon economy in the United Kingdom (UK), United States, Germany, and Denmark show the divergence of approaches alongside surprising similarities in public opinion. While focusing specifically on the de-carbonization of electricity as the primary component of the transition, the authors and ELEEP alumni analyze how public and political support for energy...

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  • Hammond in Amine Newswire: Mexico Oil Boom May Help United States


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  • Atlantic Council Announces 2016 Veterans Take Point Fellows and Welcomes Veteran Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Ken Falke onto the Council’s Next Generation Advisory Council, and Receives 2016 We Serve Award

    WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council welcomes Ken Falke, the chairman and founder of Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness, the EOD Warrior Foundation, and CEO of Shoulder2Shoulder, Inc., to the Advisory Council for its Millennium Leadership Program, the Council’s flagship center for cultivating the next generation of international security leaders.

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  • Hammond in Amine Newswire: Saudi Arabia Plans To Spur Entrepreneurship


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  • Alaska’s Microgrid Experience Applied Across Borders

    There is a stark divide between rural and urban Alaska, with 41 percent of the state’s residents residing in the city of Anchorage. Most communities are located off the road system, accessible only by airplane or boat. Supplying reliable, secure, and affordable energy is a challenge. Remote electricity systems, and even large cities concerned about storms and terrorist attacks, are increasingly looking to microgrid technology to meet their energy needs. A 2014 report by Navigant Research predicts that the global microgrid market will grow from $2.4 billion in 2014 to $5.8 billion in annual revenue by 2023, with a potential $10 billion share for microgrids in remote locations. Alaskan expertise can help guide this growth.

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