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National Security Reports – December 2019 Update

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National Security Reports – November 2019 Update

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Recent Climate Change Reports

One Disaster Away (Center for Public Integrity) is a report series that will do deep dives into the four states most adversely affected by climate change, and how these states were instrumental in de-fanging the Obama-era Clean Power Plan; Ten Facts about the Economics of Climate Change and Climate Policy (from the Hamilton Project and Stanford University) investigates how climate change can have a deleterious effect on economic growth; Sea-level rise could flood hundreds of millions more than expected (MIT Technology Review); and Climate Change and Ecosystems (National Academies Press).

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National Security Reports – October 2019 Update

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“The Future of Nursing 2020-2030”

In 2010, a landmark study, actually a call to action, was published by the then Institute of Medicine, now subsumed under the National Academies umbrella – The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health – that advocated for a more involved nursing corps at all levels, propounded that nurses assume leadership roles in healthcare organizations, promoted the need for a better educated nurses, and supported the call for a more diverse practitioner base.

Many programs/processes/procedures were initiated in response to this study. Where do we stand now? This 2019 examination of the nursing field and what progress has been achieved in light of the recommendations put forth by the above document presents a glass-half-full scenario. There have been positive steps but more than a few goals that were supposed to be reached in 2020 will fall short.

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030, a consensus study under the auspices of the National Academy of Medicine, is now underway with the goals of  garnering”… insights on how to advance the profession of nursing to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities, and improve the health and well-being of the U.S. population in the 21st century. Each meeting featured panel discussions around a specific topic, followed by time for public comments.” The above link leads to video presentations of the town hall meetings as well as live Twitter channels.

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National Security Reports – September 2019 Update

Beyond Compliance: Cyber Threats and Health Care (FireEye); Public Document Clearinghouse: Congressional Russia Investigations (Just Security); NCHRP Research Report 930: Security 101: A Physical and Cybersecurity Primer for Transportation Agencies (National Academies Press); Disinformation and the 2020 Election (NYU); Are Spies More Trouble Than They Are Worth? (The New Yorker); Policing in the UK (UK Parliament Library); Computer Security Resource Center (NIST); Hostile Social Manipulation: Present Realities and Emerging Trends (RAND); U.S. Election Commission Cyber Hygiene Report (NormShield); Global Terrorism: Threat to the Homeland (House Committee on Homeland Security); Securing the Nation’s Internet Architecture (House Armed Services Committee); Another summer of flooding should be a wake-up call to redesign our communities (Brookings); Filling the Gap in Our Terrorism Statutes ;
(George Washington University); Other Travelers: American Jihadists Beyond Syria and Iraq (George Washington University);Surveying the Landscape of the American Far Right
(George Washington University); and Coordinated Strategic Plan to Advance Desalination for Enhanced Water Security(NIST).

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress; U.S.-China Strategic Competition in South and East China Seas: Background and Issues for Congress (major report); DHS Border Barrier Funding; U.S. – China Relations; Nonstrategic Nuclear Weapons; Congress and the War in Yemen: Oversight and Legislation 2015-2019; and Defense Primer: Geography, Strategy, and U.S. Force Design(all CRS).

 

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The World’s Oceans Rising Faster Than Initially Thought Due to Climate Change

This new report – Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate  – predicts dire outcomes as the world’s oceans continue to rise due in large part to the ice melts of both Greenland and Antarctica. This report, heavily referenced, details changes in the oceans, polar regions, high mountain areas, and coastal communities. But according to the report, there is still time to avert climatic disaster:

The far-reaching services and options provided by ocean and cryosphere-related ecosystems can be supported by protection, restoration, precautionary ecosystem-based management of renewable resource use, and the reduction of pollution and other stressors (high confidence). Integrated water management (medium confidence) and ecosystem-based adaptation (high confidence) approaches lower climate risks locally and provide multiple societal benefits. [Section C2 of Headline Statements]

But the time is now. CNN provides an informative overview of this major report. And this series of reports should also be consulted to gauge the human impact of sea level rising.

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