14 May 2014

Worth A Read: Report Highlights Threat To National Security From A Changing Climate

Posted by Dan Satterfield

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Some Excerpts for those who do not want to read the report, or even the executive summary:

Since we published our first report in 2007 on the national security implications
of climate change, we have witnessed nearly a decade of scientific discoveries
in environmental science, a burgeoning scholarly literature on global complex
interdependence among nations, and a series of reactions (or in many cases, failures
to react) to projected climate change. Hence, we were compelled to provide an update
to our report. Over several months and meetings, we listened to scientists, security
analysts, government officials, industry representatives, and the military. We viewed
their information through the lens of our military experience as warfighters, planners,
and leaders. Our discussions have been lively, informative, and very sobering.

At the end of the day, we validate the findings of our first report and find that in many
cases the risks we identified are advancing noticeably faster than we anticipated. We
also find the world becoming more complex in terms of the problems that plague
its various regions. Yet thinking about how to manage the risks of projected climate
change as just a regional problem or—worse yet—someone else’s problem may limit
the ability to fully understand their consequences and cascading effects. We see more
clearly now that while projected climate change should serve as catalyst for change
and cooperation, it can also be a catalyst for conflict.
We are dismayed that discussions of climate change have become so polarizing
and have receded from the arena of informed public discourse and debate. Political
posturing and budgetary woes cannot be allowed to inhibit discussion and debate
over what so many believe to be a salient national security concern for our nation.

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Read the entire report HERE.