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Climate change, perhaps today’s most challenging peace and security issue, is a direct threat to human survival and wellbeing. It is also a threat-multiplier, especially in conflict prone areas of the world.

In an effort to diminish this threat, the nations of the world have agreed to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius (2.0° C) above preindustrial levels, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to a safer target of 1.5° C. As of now, the current trajectory of temperature rise is far off course. To successfully limit global warming to 1.5° C, ambitious and transformative policy action is needed.


Current Work

To help the world reach this ambitious goal, the Stanley Foundation is engaging key stakeholders at multiple levels to determine and pursue transformational pathways necessary to reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to 1.5° C. In particular, our programming focuses on:

  • Advancing the determination of necessary transformational pathways in the next 18 months so as to inspire policy development and action that make a 1.5° C target achievable.
  • Encouraging sub- and nonstate actors to be on the leading edge of identifying and pursuing necessary transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5° C.
  • Fostering cooperation between and among advocates, sub- and nonstate actors, and the policymaking community as they innovate on the most challenging transformational pathways to limit warming to 1.5° C.

The foundation is part of Galvanizing the Groundswell of Climate Actions, which is working to promote stronger and more ambitious sub- and nonstate climate action and as a catalyst for transformational actions at all levels.

Contact Rei Tang for more information.


Latest Publication

Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5° C Target
57th Strategy for Peace Conference
Conference Report
November 2016

This report identifies policy levers and strategies that can help global emissions decline by 2020 in order to reach the 1.5° C target. It also outlines the transformative changes needed to enable CO2 emissions to fall to zero by 2050. Read More

Policy Publications

November 2016
Setting Climate Action Objectives for Pursuing the 1.5° C Target
57th Strategy for Peace Conference
Conference Report (315K)

August 2016
An Evolutionary Approach to Governing Global Problems: Climate Policy After Paris
Charles F. Sabel and David G. Victor
Policy Analysis Brief (570K)

May 2016
Technology Development and Transfer for a Safe Climate Future
Ambuj Sagar
Policy Analysis Brief (1,380K)

April 2016
Advancing Climate Policy After the Paris Agreement
Other Publication (439K)

April 2016
Multijurisdictional Approaches to Carbon Pricing: Integrating Design Elements for a Low Carbon Club
Workshop Summary (264K)

February 2016
Making the Paris Process More Effective: A New Approach to Policy Coordination on Global Climate Change
Charles F. Sabel and David G. Victor
Policy Analysis Brief (478K)

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Op-Eds and Articles

November 2016
Accelerate Climate Change Action
Michael Tubman

July 2016
No Time to Lose
By Bill Hare

May 2016
The Paris Agreement marks an unprecedented opportunity to quell the tide of climate change, and Iowans have a role to play
Published April 22, 2016 in Little Village

Todd Edwards, Stanley Foundation Program Officer

March 2016
Save the Climate for Us All

January 2016
Connecting...
Joseph McNamara, Editor

January 2016
No Time to Rest
Monica Araya

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Courier Courier
The Winter 2016 issue of Courier features policy insights for the President-elect and new US leadership to improve our peace and security in nuclear policy, genocide prevention, and climate change. The issue also includes an in-depth interview with a survivor of the Phnom Penh, Cambodia genocide in the late 1970s. The full Winter 2016 issue. PDF (1.0 MB) Subscribe for FREE.

Stanley Foundation at 60
On December 12, 1956, the Stanley Foundation was certified as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Iowa, bringing to life an organization dedicated to creating a world in which there is a secure peace with freedom and justice. Sixty years later, the organization continues to pursue and advance that vision as a thriving nonpartisan operating foundation. Moreover, it remains an organization with a professional staff and the involvement of family members who have an ongoing role in shaping its strategy and core values. More.

IRP Fellows Reporting Live from the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Morocco
The International Reporting Project (IRP) and the Stanley Foundation collaborated to bring five international journalists to Marrakech, Morocco to report on the Twenty-Second Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from November 7-18, 2016.  

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Radiation Incidents

In the event of a radiation incident such as the use of a so-called dirty bomb or nuclear reactor incident, accurate and swift reporting is vital to public safety. This guide is intended to both help the journalist to be safe if they are covering such a story and to provide basic safety information that can be conveyed to the public to limit the risk of radiation exposure. 

Reporting a Radiation Emergency Reporting a Radiation Emergency
Journalists would play an indispensable role keeping the public informed in an emergency resulting in the release of radiation, either accidental or deliberate. But what do they need to do their job effectively? The following recommendations to authorities who would manage such an emergency were drafted by participants in the 2016 Rotterdam Nuclear Security Workshop for International Journalists.

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The Stanley Foundation produced a 13-minute video looking at what needs to be done to stop terrorist groups from acquiring enough fissile material to make a bomb. The foundation talked with over a dozen diverse and distinguished experts from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group and the Fissile Materials Working Group to see how today's patchwork of voluntary arrangements can be forged into a long-lasting system. Watch the video.

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