President Joe Biden made clear from his first day in office that America’s fighting forces must meet climate change head on, when at peace and at war. But will hybrid-electric tanks and zero-emissions troop transporters help keep soldiers safe on the battlefield?
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Rising sea levels and heightened intensity of tropical storms bring along a number of challenges for the world’s shipping industry and other maritime activities.
For the U.S. Navy, the effects of climate change may mean significant changes in warfare and operational tactics.
The US military has its hands full at the moment with a vicious war in Ukraine and US-China tensions over issues from human rights to sovereignty over the South China Sea. But it cannot delay taking action to address climate change, the most persistent strategic threat we face.
Climate Change and the Military: Examining the Pentagon’s Integration of National Security Interests and Environmental Goals under Clinton
The Pentagon’s role in U.S. environmental policy expanded during the Clinton presidency as the Pentagon became a more active player at international climate change conferences and pressed for acceptance of policies favorable to the U.S. military, according to declassified documents posted today by the nongovernmental National Security Archive.
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.
Electricity shortages and blackouts are increasingly possible for the American West this summer, as an electrical operator warns of “out-of-the-ordinary” conditions.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Army announces the release of its first Climate Strategy that guides decision making in response to threats from climate that affect installation and unit sustainability, readiness, and resilience. The strategy directs how the Army will maintain its strategic advantage through deliberate efforts to reduce future climate impacts and risks to readiness and national security.