Climate change is what the US military calls a “threat multiplier.” Natural disasters, strained natural resources, and mass migration, all consequences of climate change, directly threaten political stability and can worsen or spark violent conflict. In the recent government report, Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, Dan Coats, Dan Coats, US Director of National Intelligence, said on January 29, 2019:

“Global environmental and ecological degradation, as well as climate change, are likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond. Climate hazards such as extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation, and acidifying oceans are intensifying, threatening infrastructure, health, and water and food security. Irreversible damage to ecosystems and habitats will undermine the economic benefits they provide, worsened by air, soil, water, and marine pollution.”

In May, 2019, a report commissioned by General Mark Milley, Trump’s new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff calls on the Pentagon to urgently prepare for the possibility that domestic power, water, and food systems might collapse due to the impacts of climate change as we near mid-century. Made public in August, a significant news piece appeared at the end of October.

Arizona State University just released a stunning 9 minute film on what Norfolk, Va is doing to respond to the flooding that is engulfing their coastal town and Naval Base. It’s pretty clear they have a problem. When it floods, they can’t get 50,000 naval personnel on and off the ships. They are predicting 1.5” rise by 2050.

Vulnerable Security Bases interactive map