Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change – by Coral Davenport – NYT Oct 2014

“WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday released a report 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 responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.

The report lays out a road map to show 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 military planning situations to a rethinking of the movement of supplies.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking Monday at a 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.”

I have been wondering if such a news story existed for about a year and a half. Shame on the NYT for originally sticking it on page 14.

Here is the comment with the reference to this article:

Erik Frederiksen

Oakland, CA 1 hour ago

Consider that a couple of years ago the Pentagon “released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages.”

And they are correct. There’s strong evidence that regional climate changes in the past led to increased conflict and migration. We’ve already seen conflicts and migration linked to drought with the little bit of warming to date in places like Syria and Africa.

Farmers around the Bay of Bengal were driven by drought to fish the Bay and now fisheries there are collapsing and the migration from a population of hundreds of millions is beginning. People in Madagascar have been reported to be reduced to eating ash and rocks as their crops have failed for several years now due to drought linked to global warming.

When climatic zones and rains cross borders now there will be people with guns on the other side who may not like those being forced to move. I believe India and perhaps one more country are now building walls to contain the population of Bangladesh which resides on the sinking Ganges River Delta.

And half a billion people live on sinking river deltas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/14/us/pentagon-says-global-warming-presen…

David Lindsay

Hamden, CT Pending Approval

Regarding this amazing news article, “Pentagon signals security risks from climate change” by Coral Davenport referenced above, I have been wondering if such a news story existed for about a year and a half. Shame on the NYT for originally sticking it on page 14, in October 2014. Thank you Erik Federiksen for your comment and posting the link.

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Mideast governments that are often focused on bloody conflicts are being stressed by the pressures brought on by Mother Nature. nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman

Tom Friedman: “Here’s my bet about the future of Sunni, Shiite, Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Israeli relations: If they don’t end their long-running conflicts, Mother Nature is going to destroy them all long before they destroy one another. Let me point out a few news items you may have missed while debating the Iran nuclear deal.

On July 31, USA Today reported that in Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, a city adjacent to the Persian Gulf, the heat index soared to 163 degrees “as a heat wave continued to bake the Middle East, already one of the hottest places on earth. ”

Mideast governments that are often focused on bloody conflicts are being stressed by the pressures brought on by Mother Nature.
nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman