Climate change threatens national security says pentagon. The pentagon, unsentimental and politically conservative, might not seem likely to be worried about climate change. There are two groups the bush administration tend to listen to, the oil lobby and the pentagon. The pentagon calls climate change a national security. The ipcc documents the threat of gradual climate change and its impact to food supplies and other resources of importance to humans will not be so severe as to create security threats. An abrupt climate change scenario and its implications for. Those and other edits suggest the pentagon has adapted its approach to public discussion of climate change under president trump, who has expressed doubt about the reality of a. Scenario from a pentagon commissioned report title page of futurist study commissioned by the pentagon s office of net assessment, finalized in october 2003 and leaked via. An 11page summary of the new national defense strategy makes no mention of global warming or climate change. Climate change threatens national security says pentagon climate change poses immediate risks to national security and will have broad and costly impacts on the way the us military carries out its missions, the pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change. If climate change is a threat to national security and the economy, then he has to act. Pentagon fuel use, climate change, and the costs of war june 12, 2019 the u.
The threat posed by climate change to military bases has long been acknowledged by the pentagon. Climate change is a longterm trend, but with wise planning and risk mitigation now, we can reduce adverse impacts downrange. Schwartz and social activist rick ingrasci discuss social change, current. Dod releases 2014 climate change adaptation roadmap u. All hell breaking loose is an eyeopening examination of climate change from the perspective of the u. Climate change threatens half of us bases worldwide.
Today, the department of defense dod released its 2014 climate change adaptation roadmap, which focuses on various actions and planning the dod is taking to increase its resilience to. Pentagon erases climate change from the national defense. Pentagon releases short report saying climate change is a threat. The pentagon released a congressionally mandated report pdf that warns flooding, drought and wildfires and other effects of climate change puts u. The operators manual this video highlights the pentagons focus on climate change as the military examines potential risks, strategic responses, and impacts of climate change. The report found climate change is a threat to more than twothirds of operationally critical installations.
Optimists assert that the benefits from technological innovation will be able to outpace the negative effects of climate change. It is in this context that dod is releasing a climate change adaptation roadmap. Report on effects of a changing climate to the department. But last month, in a dramatic turn, president obama talked about climate change in an explicitly military context.
It reaffirms that the dod continues to take climate change seriously, as it has across four administrations, both republican and democrat. Dod recognizes the reality of climate change and the significant risk it poses to u. Pentagon fuel use, climate change and the costs of war final. Climate change does not directly cause conflict, but it can significantly add to the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. Summary pentagon fuel use, climate change, and the costs. Department of defense 2014 climate change adaptation roadmap. Pentagon climate change to destroy civilization by 2020 posted on december 21, 2017 by tonyheller a secret report, suppressed by us defence chiefs and obtained by the observer, warns that major european cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as britain is plunged into a siberian climate. Talking social change compassionate and lifeaffirming changes have the most enduring impact in our society.
One year ago, the pentagon released another congressionally mandated report about climate change that time, a survey of the ways climate change had affected thousands of global. Pentagon climate change to destroy civilization by 2020. Pentagon climate change plans avoid trump politics. Without the kind of controversial governmentwide approach to climate change from the obama era, the pentagon has turned its attention to specific issues at specific sites, such as the sea. A hairraising pentagon report pdf on the potentially imminent and colossal national security threat posed by climate change has been making its way around the internet since its release. The department of defense department, dod recognizes that climate change will affect their ability to defend the nation and poses immediate risks to u. The department of defense dodwhile not supporting a formal mission dedicated to global change researchis developing policies and plans to manage and respond to the effects of climate change on.
The national security strategy, issued in february 2015, is clear that climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural. A pentagon report has highlighted military bases vulnerability to the effects of climate change. The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to department of defense dod or the department missions, operational plans, and installations. Germany pushes climate change as security risk april 6, 2019 white house climate panel to include a climate denialist february 20, 2019 u. Us air force b52h stratofortresses at the airbase in diego garcia, british indian ocean territory. The pentagon also looked at logistics sites and other support that it considered. Climate change related risks to 50% of military infrastructure firefighters w u. Pentagon revised obamaera report to remove risks from. How deniers put national security at risk the leaders of our armed forces know whats coming next but deniers in congress are ignoring the warnings. Department of defense is the largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world and a key contributor to climate change. The pentagon is no wacko, liberal group, generally speaking it is conservative. The report builds on a number of other pentagon reports that have called climate change a threat multiplier that can alter dod priorities, such as mass migration and humanitarian aid. Our first step in planning for these challenges is to identify the effects of climate change. But the challenge of global climate change, while not new to history, is new to the modern world.
Given that, the studys starting point is the implications of climate change. An earlier 2007 pentagon study pdf under president george bush described climate change as a threat multiplier but the latest study makes a direct. The report stated, climate change and energy are two key issues that will play a significant role in shaping the future security environment, noting that climate change. The pentagon released a national defense strategy that for the first time in more than a decade does not mention manmade global warming as a security threat. There are two groups the bush administration tend to listen to, the oil lobby and the pentagon, added. Climate change threatens a majority of missioncritical. The pentagons new climate change report is missing some. The pentagon is integrating climate change threats into all of its plans, operations, and training across the entire defense department, signaling a comprehensive attempt to tackle the impacts of global. The report responds to the request by the senate committee on appropriations for information on the national security implications of climate change made in the report to accompany. Crawford1 boston university june 12, 2019 summary in its quest for security, the united states spends more on the military than any other.
The national security strategy, issued in february 2015, is clear that climate change is an urgent and. There are two groups the bush administration tend to listen to, the oil lobby and the pentagon, added watson. Crawford1 boston university updated and revised, november 20192 summary if climate change is a threat multiplier, as some national security experts and members of the military argue, how does the us military reduce climate change. Democrats seem unhappy with the new defense department report, though. Pentagon fuel use, climate change, and the costs of war neta c. United states army war college the center for climate. Department of defense 2014 climate change adaptation. Pentagon fuel use, climate change, and the costs of war. A brief introduction to climate change and national. Dod releases report on security implications of climate change. The pentagon is integrating climate change threats into all of its plans, operations, and training across the entire defense department, signaling a comprehensive attempt to tackle the impacts of global warming. Pentagon fuel use, climate change and the costs of war.336 893 737 1330 1595 800 800 1167 1423 381 1494 1350 126 287 1425 1579 305 707 192 205 869 748 1432 18 1632 1324 252 1657 1382 154 109 1048 1145 613 1681 218 1333 1470 1240 595 60 890 289 327 291