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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

Enhancing Ambition on Forests to Achieve the 1.5°C Goal
Real Economy. Real Talk.
Policy Dialogue Brief
July 2018

This policy dialogue brief presents key observations and recommendations gathered as a part of a series of dialogues on the land use sector and climate change. Issue experts, policymakers, and civil society representatives explore ways to protect, expand, and manage forests responsibly and cost-effectively to provide immediate emissions reductions. Read More

Op-Eds and Articles

April 2018
A Happy Place to Be a Cow
Francie Williamson

April 2018
When There Are No More Fish
Abby Seiff and Photography by Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom

October 2017
Core Values
Keith Porter, Editor

October 2017
Healing Colombia’s War-Ravaged Landscapes
Juan Francisco Salazar

October 2017
In the Shadows of Giants
Selina Neirok Leem

August 2017
Life Beyond Coal
Emma Bryce

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HIGHLIGHTS
Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go? Catherine Miller Explorer Awards: Where in the World Do You Want to Go?
Attention all full-time Muscatine Community School District and Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School K-12 teachers, for the 2018-2019 school year, the Stanley Foundation announces: Catherine Miller Explorer Awards. Enter the drawing.

12th Annual International Women Authors Series 12th Annual International Women Authors Series
Featuring Best-Selling Author Valeria Luiselli

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:30 - 8:00 PM
Radisson Quad City Plaza
111 E. 2nd Street, Davenport, IA
 
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Employment Opportunities
Policy Program Associate, Nuclear Policy
The Stanley Foundation seeks a program associate to join its Policy Programming Department to contribute energy, creativity, and analytical skill to the design and implementation of programming on technology and nuclear policy. 

Operations Specialist
Seeking a dedicated, dynamic individual who has a passion for working in the field of event planning and prefers a small-business atmosphere with opportunities for international travel. This full-time position involves event-planning operations and activities for various programming efforts on climate change, nuclear policy issues, and mass violence and atrocities.


Investigation U. Camper Photos Investigation U. Camper Photos
We had a great group of campers attend the Investigation U. program this summer. Click here for photos. For participants only, username: IU2018.

Courier Courier
The Spring 2018 issue of Courier highlights the issues facing Cambodian fishermen as their lakes are affected by climate change. It includes a tribute to Dick and Mary Jo Stanley, a look at UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ attempts at UN reform, and a peek at our Iowa Student Global Leadership conference.

The issue also focuses on how artificial intelligence is being integrated into military systems around the world, how sustainable farming practices can impact carbon emissions, and the cyber vulnerabilities of the world’s most dangerous weapons. Spring 2018 PDF. (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.


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Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
The Stanley Foundation holds two annual conferences, UN Issues and the Strategy for Peace Conference. These bring together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.


The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23 The Stanley Foundation: Part of COP23
As a part of our efforts to limit global warming to 1.5° C, the foundation put forward policy ideas to achieve a global turning point in emissions by 2020, built upon efforts to catalyze global climate action by countries and sub- and non-state actors, and worked with journalists to strengthen coverage of the UN climate negotiations.

A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia
The Ground Truth Project, New America, and the Stanley Foundation are hosting a Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators followed by a panel discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience on May 30, 2017.

Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting personal stories of Somalia, creating a film, photography, and reporting that vividly illustrate the human consequences and security risks of a changing climate. Read more.

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.


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