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The Australian Climate Council recently released a report: “Be Prepared: Climate Change, Security and Australia’s Defence Force.” The report provides a good overview of climate change risks to national security and adds a critical look at how the Australian Defence Force is (and is not) preparing for those risks, and how this compares to US and UK defense forces. The report draws from an international team of reviewers including CCS advisory board member Rear Admiral Dave Titley USN (Ret), as well as Professor Jon Barnett, Professor Alan Dupont, Captain Leo Goff, USN (ret.), Dr. Liz Hanna, and Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti RN (ret.). (more…)
Military Leaders Applaud National Climate Assessment and Secretary Hagel’s Statement on Climate and National Security
May 6, 2014
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, applauds the release of the 2014 National Climate Assessment (NCA) by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which includes considerable attention to both the current and future risks of a changing climate to the United States. CCS also applauds Secretary Hagel’s statement today in regards to the NCA, wherein he notes: “Just today, the nation¹s top scientists released a National Climate Assessment that warns in very stark terms that the effects of climate change are already becoming quite apparent. One area where we see this is in the Arctic. The melting of gigantic ice caps presents possibilities for the opening of new sea lanes and the exploration for natural resources, energy, and commerce, and also the dangerous potential for conflict in the Arctic.”
In response, CCS Advisory Board member General Anthony C. Zinni, United States Marine Corps (ret), stated: “Climate change will generate national security concerns that we must prepare and plan for now. Our Intelligence Community should track the impacts and assess the potential for affecting our security and humanitarian interests. Other government agencies should develop plans to respond to impacts as well.” (more…)
The White House heard from representatives from the Pentagon, NASA, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security this week on the national security risks of an ice-free Arctic.