Monday, October 13, 2014

Pentagon Says Global Warming Presents Immediate Security Threat

By CORAL DAVENPORT, NYT, OCT. 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon released a report Monday asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster response as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.

The report lays out a road map for how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic defense planning situations to a rethinking of the movement of supplies.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking Monday at a summit meeting of defense ministers in Peru, highlighted the report’s findings and the global security threats of climate change.

“The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere,” Mr. Hagel said. “Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration.”

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1 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Dempsey said...

what global warming? May as well say the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus - make believe along with Global Warming - present an immediate security threat.

Actually the biggest threat is from those whacked out nutjobs who still push this tripe. They should be locked up or simply taken out a shot for their lies and doomsday predictions none of which have ever come to pass.

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