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New Briefer: Why the U.S. National Security Community Takes Climate Risks Seriously
BRIEFER No. 30 | December 13, 2016
[UPDATE]: Climate and Security 101: Why the U.S. National Security Community Takes Climate Risks Seriously (PDF)
In 2007, former Army Chief of Staff, retired General Gordon R. Sullivan, stated:
“People are saying they want to be perfectly convinced about climate science projections…But speaking as a soldier, we never have 100 percent certainty. If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something bad is going to happen on the battlefield.”
The national security establishment in the United States, including the military, intelligence and homeland security communities, understand climate risks as a national security challenge, and that the United States cannot wait for 100% certainty before acting to address them. This is due to the nature of climate change as a “threat multiplier,” which exacerbates existing and pending challenges in the security landscape. (more…)
The Climate Security 101 Project: An Online Clearinghouse for Climate Security Questions
RELEASE: The Center for Climate and Security Announces “Climate Security 101”: An Online Clearinghouse for All Your Climate Security Questions
Washington, D.C. — The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, is pleased to announce its newest project: Climate Security 101 (www.climatesecurity101.org). Climate Security 101 is an online clearinghouse of all the latest reports and policy documents on the intersection of climate change and national, international and human security. It is also an introduction to some of the most frequently asked questions, including: Is climate change a security issue? Will climate change cause war? Why do militaries care about climate change? Where is climate change the biggest threat to security? and How can we address the security risks of climate change? (more…)
UPDATE: Climate Security 101: Why the U.S. National Security Establishment Takes Climate Change Seriously
This is an update to the Center for Climate and Security’s 2012 briefer. A PDF version of this update can also be found here.
In a 2007 report by the CNA Military Advisory Board, General Gordon R. Sullivan stated:
“People are saying they want to be perfectly convinced about climate science projections…But speaking as a soldier, we never have 100 percent certainty. If you wait until you have 100 percent certainty, something bad is going to happen on the battlefield.” (more…)