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July 21, 2011
Are you ready for the UN's 'Green Helmets?'
Climate change peacekeepers? That's the idea they're toying with at Turtle Bay. The thinking goes, with the earth's climate changing, some conflicts will erupt over "food, water, and arable land." The Guardian: A special meeting of the United Nations security council is due to consider whether to expand its mission to keep the peace in an era of climate change. Small island states, which could disappear beneath rising seas, are pushing the security council to intervene to combat the threat to their existence. There has been talk, meanwhile, of a new environmental peacekeeping force - green helmets - which could step into conflicts caused by shrinking resources. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, is expected to address the meeting on Wednesday. But Germany, which called the meeting, has warned it is premature to expect the council to take the plunge into green peacemaking or even adopt climate change as one of its key areas of concern. "It is too early to seriously think about...(Read Full Post)