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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
                                                               

‘Climate change is going to cost us’: How the US military is preparing for harsher environments

By Andrew Eversden

The aftermath of Hurricane Florence dumping 36 inches of rain on North Carolina in 2018 saw three Marine Corps installations flooded, costing taxpayers $3.6 billion in damage. A few weeks later, Hurricane Michael ripped through Tyndall Air Force Base, causing about $4.7 billion in damage at the Florida facility. Then last year, leaders evacuated Travis Air Force Base in northern California due to nearby raging wildfires.

08/09/21
                                                               

House grills FERC about commission’s regulatory authority on cybersecurity, pipeline climate impacts

By Catherine Morehouse

Cybersecurity, transmission reform and the future of pipeline deliberations came under scrutiny Tuesday during a House hearing focused on federal energy regulatory authorities.

07/28/21
                                                               

Feature Article: S&T Leading the Way in Adapting to Climate Change and Building Community Resilience

According to the United States Global Change Research Program, more frequent and intense extreme weather, and climate-related events, as well as changes in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to damage infrastructure, ecosystems, and social systems that provide essential benefits and security to the nation. In 2020 alone, the United States faced 22 severe weather and climate disasters costing $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure and wide-ranging economic and social disruption.

07/15/21
                                                               

DoD will soon release climate change strategy that will impact almost every facet of the military

By Scott Maucione

The Defense Department says it will have a plan to make climate change a main factor in the further strategy of the military’s operations, risk assessments and programming by Sept. 1.

07/15/21
                                                               

DHS S&T Leading the Way in Adapting to Climate Change and Building Community Resilience

According to the United States Global Change Research Program, more frequent and intense extreme weather, and climate-related events, as well as changes in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to damage infrastructure, ecosystems, and social systems that provide essential benefits and security to the nation. In 2020 alone, the United States faced 22 severe weather and climate disasters costing $95 billion in damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure and wide-ranging economic and social disruption.

07/15/21
                                                               

Sixty years of climate change warnings: the signs that were missed (and ignored)

By Alice Bell Photo: Paolo KOCH/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

In August 1974, the CIA produced a study on “climatological research as it pertains to intelligence problems”. The diagnosis was dramatic. It warned of the emergence of a new era of weird weather, leading to political unrest and mass migration (which, in turn, would cause more unrest). The new era the agency imagined wasn’t necessarily one of hotter temperatures; the CIA had heard from scientists warning of global cooling as well as warming.

07/05/21
                                                               

NATO tackling climate change for first time

By Olafimihan Oshin Photo: Getty Image

NATO said for the first time Monday that it will address the issue of climate change by factoring in environmental concerns as part of the military alliance’s activities.

06/14/21
                                                               

Wesley Clark Connects the Dots Linking Climate Change and National Security

By Kate Zerrenner

In March 2021, three Russian submarines broke through old ice in the Arctic. According to retired four-star general and 2004 U.S. presidential candidate Wesley Clark, we should be paying attention to this from more than solely a national security perspective: Climate change and national security are inextricably linked, and have significant implications not just for physical security, but long-term financial security as well.

05/25/21