SESSION 12 - CBRNe new risks and challenges provoked by climate change, war, terrorism, and local conflicts

This session will host presentations based on the following description.


Climate change is considered by many experts to be one of the major problems humankind is currently facing. The possible consequences of intense climate change, which are constantly being monitored, are continually updated as new data become available but the possibility of the emergence of new risks including CBRN hazards that need to be managed is ever more substantial and presents many new challenges. The relationship between climate change and CBRN threats is already shown in many instances such as in the case of extreme weather events in highly industrialized areas or mosquito-borne diseases affecting areas previously considered safe.  

Radiological hazards due to extreme weather events and climate-related disasters not only in nuclear power plants but also in hospitals and in many industries should be considered and possibly implemented into risk management policies, and adaptation strategies should be included in the safety and emergency plans. 

Moreover, the current international frictions increase the chance of intentional or accidental releases of CBRNe agents both in war-thorn areas and as acts of terrorism.  

In this complex multifaceted scenario, the emerging CBRNe risks need to be addressed and the challenges they pose must be faced and treated with advanced education, training, and technologies. 

This session will host the work of the experts that will reflect those concepts.

Keywords: Climate change, emerging risks, conflict, terrorism, environment; emergency plans; adaptation strategies