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Navy in ‘crosshairs of the climate crisis,’ vows more action

By Daniel Cusick Photo: US NAVY ,AP

As such, the department will set a course to achieve net-zero carbon emissions at its bases and installations by 2050. It also aims to curb energy demand and increase renewable energy use under a “framework to empower us to meaningfully reduce the threat of climate change,” Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro said in a statement upon the release of a new climate change plan.

05/25/22
                                                               

Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks Delivers Virtual Keynote Remarks on Climate Change

This year’s symposium is focused on the “Global Security Implications of Climate Change,” and explores the potential impacts of climate change, mitigation measures, and initiatives to strengthen the whole of government approach to increasing resiliency and preparedness for climate change.

03/08/22
                                                               

How a battery shortage could threaten US national security

By Matt McFarland

Galyen, who engineered the battery for the General Motors EV1, the first mass-produced electric vehicle, and also served as chief technology officer at a Chinese company that’s the top battery producer in the world, isn’t the only one. Elected officials, automakers and customers in the US are all excited about the possibility of electric cars, and those cars will be key to the US meeting its climate goals.

02/23/22
                                                               

U.S. Army Tackling Climate Change With A New Strategy

The U.S. Armed Services now has an official climate strategy, including Fort Knox being the first Army installation to generate its own electricity through solar panels. NBC News’ Joshua Johnson is joined by Paul Farnan, the acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, to discuss more renewable energy projects on the way.

02/18/22
                                                               
CNN

US Army releases climate strategy to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

By Ellie Kaufman

The US Army released its first climate strategy on Tuesday with goals to reduce the Army’s greenhouse gas pollution by 50% by 2030 and attain “net-zero” emissions by 2050.

02/08/22
                                                               

How The Pentagon and Partners Are Working Together to Combat Climate Change

By Joseph Gordon and Jack Greenberg Photo: Carolene Brehman , Getty Images

For years, the U.S. Defense Department has been advancing on another front that is critical to—but not often associated with—national security: conservation. In fact, the Pentagon, which oversees millions of acres of land and water, has partnered since 2013 with the Agriculture and Interior departments in an initiative called the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership to encourage sustainable practices on working lands as well as conservation of lands and waters near military installations.

02/04/22
                                                               
CNN

Senior Pentagon official warns the US military is ‘not ready’ for climate change

By Oren Liebermann and Ellie Kaufman

A senior Pentagon official warned the US military is “not ready” to handle climate change, a national security issue that touches nearly every aspect of Defense Department planning. “We are not where we should be, and now is beyond the time when we need to get in front of that challenge,” Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks told CNN.

11/20/21
                                                               

Richard Kidd Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment & Energy Resilience at the Department of Defense

The Pentagon has released its most ambitious blueprint to date for how the Department of Defense—the largest government agency in the United States and the largest employer in the world— intends to prepare for the risks associated with the  climate crisis.

10/26/21
                                                               

US: More threats, more desperate refugees as climate warms

By Julie Watson, Ellen Knickmeyer and Nomaan Merchant

The Earth’s warming and resulting natural disasters are creating a more dangerous world of desperate leaders and peoples, the Biden administration said Thursday in the federal government’s starkest assessments yet of security and migration challenges facing the United States as the climate worsens.

10/22/21
                                                               

White House, intelligence agencies, Pentagon issue reports warning that climate change threatens global security

By Shane Harris and Michael Birnbaum Photo: Graeme Jennings/Pool/via Reuters

As the United States and nations around the world struggle to blunt the effects of rising temperatures and extreme weather, sweeping assessments released Thursday by the White House, the U.S. intelligence community and the Pentagon conclude that climate change will exacerbate long-standing threats to global security.

10/21/21