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Australian Defence Force Warns of Climate Crises

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PHOTO: “Australian Army rescues flooded family” – The ADF has already identified climate change as a challenge to Australia’s future security. (RAAF/AAP: LAC Benjamin Evans)

According to a recent story in ABC News Australia, internal briefing notes from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in 2018 show an Aussie military with significant concerns about how climate change will impact security in the region. From the article:

One document warns that climate change could “exacerbate the potential for conflict” and contribute to “state fragility and the undermining of economic development in our immediate region”.

The briefing notes also highlight the lack of a strategy for dealing with these security risks.

The Defence Force admits in the documents it “does not currently have an overarching strategy or policy to specifically address the risks posed by climate change beyond the 2016 Defence White Paper”.

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