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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.

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

07/15/21  
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…

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

By Scott Maucione   07/15/21  
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.

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

07/15/21  
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…

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

By Alice Bell  Photo: Paolo KOCH/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images   07/05/21  
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…

NATO tackling climate change for first time

By Olafimihan Oshin  Photo: Getty Image   06/14/21  
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.

Wesley Clark Connects the Dots Linking Climate Change and National Security

By Kate Zerrenner   05/25/21  
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…

No green grid without cybersecurity

By Francis D’Souza  Photo: Floaria Bicher   05/25/21  
The increasingly ‘distributed’ nature of the grid that is required to tackle climate change also increases the number of points of attack for hackers, writes Francis D’Souza. Between the melting homeland of polar bears, the…

In the Russian Arctic, the First Stirrings of a Very Cold War

By Andrew E. Kramer  Photo: Emile Ducke   05/22/21  
Chunky green trucks carry Bastion anti-ship missiles that can be prepared for launch in just five minutes. A barracks building, sealed off from the elements like a space station, accommodates 150 or so soldiers. And…

Global food security: Climate change adaptation requires new cultivars

05/18/21  
Climate change induced yield reductions can be compensated by cultivar adaptation and global production can even be increased.

DOD Exercise Highlights Need to Address Climate Change, Its Impacts

By David Vergun   05/17/21  
The Defense Department's first climate and environmental security "tabletop" exercise, dubbed Elliptic Thunder, highlighted the growing security threats posed by climate and environmental change, while illustrating that prevention activities today are essential to avoiding dire…

Adapting to the Security Threat of Climate Change

By Lewis Huynh   05/13/21  
Climate change is a generational risk with profound implications to alter not just our physical world but our digital world, too. While not traditionally associated as a cybersecurity risk, the accelerating frequency, severity, and significance…

Hackers Shut Down Major Pipeline, Raising Concerns for Clean Energy Companies

By Amy Lupica  Photo: OrbitalJoe/Flickr   05/10/21  
Colonial Pipeline Co., known as the “jugular” of America’s oil pipeline infrastructure, has become the latest victim of increasing cyberattacks. On Friday, the company’s systems were shut down by a ransomware attack, bringing the pipeline to a standstill for four…

Revitalized U.S. urgency on climate change and national security

By Samantha Harrington  Photo: South Carolina National Guard / Flickr   05/07/21  
The Biden administration’s national security concerns over climate change mark a sharp shift from the Trump administration approach.

Climate Change Problem: an Emerging Threat to Global Security

By Aneesa Aslam   05/07/21  
Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity. The Greenhouse–gas emissions and over-exploitation of natural resources result in a rise in temperature which brings floods, droughts, a rise in sea level, and…

Revitalized U.S. urgency on climate change and national security

By Samantha Harrington  Photo: South Carolina National Guard / Flickr   05/07/21  
“An urgent national security threat.” That’s the phrase U.S. Director of National intelligence Avril Haines used in describing climate change at the White House Climate Summit on Earth Day a few weeks ago.

Translating Urgency Into Action on Water, Climate, and Security

By Ratia Tekenet   05/07/21  
“We need to devote our full attention to the relationship between water, climate, and security, increase understanding of the issue, and take urgent action,” said Carola van Rijnsoever, Director of Inclusive Green Growth at the…

How to Integrate Climate in Future National Security

05/04/21  
As part of a special series on climate in partnership with The Intelligence Project at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Cipher Brief Expert Kristin Wood, The Cipher Brief is focusing on…

Combatting climate change will make us more secure

By Lee Gunn, USN (ret) and Cheryl B. Rosenblum  Photo: Getty Images   04/30/21  
President Biden’s recent Leaders Summit on Climate highlighted the clear and compelling link between climate instability and our national security. The White House made a key theme of the summit the need to “address the…

Action Team Leads DOD Efforts to Adapt to Climate Change Effects

By David Vergun   04/22/21  
The Defense Department is tackling the climate crisis across a variety of fronts, from increasing energy resilience and security to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming. This multifaceted approach is necessary for…

Action Team Leads DOD Efforts to Adapt to Climate Change Effects

By David Vergun   04/22/21  
The Defense Department is tackling the climate crisis across a variety of fronts, from increasing energy resilience and security to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming. This multifaceted approach is necessary for…

UN Security Council Takes Up Climate Change Risk for First Time

By Jess Shankleman  Photo: AP   02/22/21  
Wealthy nations will come under pressure to boost funding to tackle climate change during a United Nations discussion that will warn how unchecked rising temperatures could lead to wars and mass migration.

Climate Action Is a Matter of National Security, and Business Leaders Can Help

By Tina Casey   01/26/21  
President Joe Biden campaigned for office with a message of healing and unity over political divisions. That may seem like a just another vague, warm-and-fuzzy emotional appeal. However, after just a few days in office…

Climatizing Security: Protecting Americans in the Age of Climate Change

By Sherri Goodman and Kate Guy   01/15/21  
The Biden administration’s Defense Department can lead by example with the “climatization of security.”

How the Department of Defense could help win the war on climate change

Eric Wolff  Photo: Gregory Bull/AP Photo   01/04/21  
The Pentagon has a huge appetite for clean energy — and a massive budget.

‘This Is a War’: Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts in Mexico

By Natalie Kitroeff   10/14/20  
Farmers in Mexico ambushed soldiers and seized a dam to stop water payments to the United States, in a sign of growing conflict over increasingly scarce resources.

‘Poisoning the Pacific’: New book details US military contamination of islands and ocean

By Rachel Ramirez  Photo: Greg Nelson   10/10/20  
More than 12,000 pages of US government documents show military operations contaminating the Pacific with radioactive waste, nerve agents, and chemical weapons like Agent Orange

Environmentalists Targeted Exxon Mobil. Then Hackers Targeted Them.

By Nicole Hong, Barry Meier and Ronen Bergman   06/09/20  
Three years ago, several environmental groups noticed that they had been receiving suspicious emails with fake Google News articles and other links related to their climate-change campaign against Exxon Mobil. The emails came from accounts…

Water wars: Early warning tool uses climate data to predict conflict hotspots

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan  Photo: Michele Cattani/AFP   01/08/20  
Tension over water scarcity is increasing across the globe. A new system flags up where this threatens to erupt into violence....

Trump Kills Iran’s Most Overrated Warrior

By Thomas L. Friedman  Photo by Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters   01/03/20  
Suleimani pushed his country to build an empire, but drove it into the ground instead.

Could the Pentagon Be a Climate Change Leader?

12/08/19  
By Tara LohanThree years into the Trump administration, its anti-climate and anti-science agenda is well established. Despite dire warnings from the world's leading scientists about the...

20 Million People Have Fled Their Homes Because Of ‘Climate Chaos’ Since 2008: Oxfam

12/02/19  
Fiercer weather and worsening wildfires drove more than 20 million people from their homes over the last decade ― a problem set to worsen unless leaders act swiftly to head off surging climate threats, anti-poverty…

Climate Change’s Threat to the Military

11/14/19  
Motherboard: According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also…

22 Minutes In The Life Of Louisiana’s Climate Refugees

11/05/19  
In "Lowland Kids," two teenagers grapple with leaving an island that's sinking before their very eyes. ...
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In A Remote Arctic Outpost, Norway Keeps Watch On Russia’s Military Buildup

By Jackie Northam  Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR   11/03/19  
There are precisely 525 stairs from the icy waters of the Barents Sea to the top of the observation post in the far northeast corner of Norway, along the Russian border. It's a steep climb,…

Risk assessment: Thoughts on ‘a climate security plan for America’

By Derek Royden   11/01/19  
“A Climate Security Plan for America”, if it had been covered by the press, could actually make a difference in changing the minds of some in the political center more inclined to believe the U.S.…

First-of-a-kind U.S. grid cyberattack hit wind, solar

By Blake Sobczak   10/31/19  
A Utah renewable energy developer was hit by a first-of-its-kind cyberattack that briefly cut contact to a dozen wind and solar farms this spring, according to documents obtained by E&E News under the Freedom of…

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

By Denise Lu and Christopher Flavelle   10/29/19  
Rising seas could affect three times more people by 2050 than previously thought, according to new research, threatening to all but erase some of the world’s great coastal cities.

Sunny Day Flooding

10/29/19  
With Hurricane Dorian threatening in late August 2019, we investigate the climate crisis in Norfolk, Virginia -- site of the largest Naval base in the world and vital to US national security. Norfolk is also…

Billions face food, water shortages over next 30 years as nature fails

By Stephen Leahy   10/10/19  
A new model shows which areas of Earth will likely be hit the hardest by the changes caused by human activity, also revealing possible solutions.

The U.S. military is using destroyed, classified documents for compost

By Jessica Fu   10/04/19  
The soil on American military bases is about to get healthier. That’s thanks in part to new research on the benefits of a very unique kind of compost: finely shredded government documents.

10 ways that the climate crisis and militarism are intertwined

By Medea Benjamin   09/27/19  
To free up billions of Pentagon dollars for investing in critical environmental projects and to eliminate the environmental havoc of war, movements for a livable, peaceful planet need to put “ending war” at the top…

Starvation may force nations to war

Photo: Sergey Pesterev, via Wikimedia Commons   09/26/19  
Unless nations act now to halt the spread of deserts, they may face wars over food shortages and starvation by mid-century, the UN says. The post Starvation may force nations to war appeared first on…

Wolf, 14 govs. tell Congress to include strong PFAS provisions in defense bill

09/20/19  
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined a bipartisan group of 15 governors in a letter sent Wednesday to both the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees backing provisions related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS)…

If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil

By Bill McKibben  Photo: Yannis Behrakis/REUTERS   09/18/19  
The climate crisis isn’t the only reason to kick fossil fuels – the prospect of a war to protect Saudi crude reminds us of that

War on the World

Murtaza Hussain  Photo: Sebastian Meyer/Getty Images   09/15/19  
OVER A CENTURY before we reached the brink of ecological catastrophe, Rabindranath Tagore had a glimpse of where we might be headed. Tagore, an Indian author and cultural reformer who lived during the period of…

Military bases prepare for more extreme weather

By Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media   08/12/19  
As the climate warms, increasingly severe storms threaten homes and military bases. And with more extreme weather comes the risk of power outages.

Navy quietly shut down climate change task force

08/07/19  
The Navy has quietly stood down its Task Force Climate Change, created in 2009 to plan and develop "future public, strategic, and policy discussions" on the issue....

Some northern cities could be reborn as ‘climate havens’

By Marcello Rossi   08/07/19  
Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Duluth could become a new home for those fleeing from wildfires, hurricanes, and extreme heat in other places.

Extreme water stress affects a quarter of the world’s population, say experts

08/07/19  
A quarter of the world's population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report reveals.

The White House Blocked My Report on Climate Change and National Security

By Rod Schoonover  Photo by Marvin Recinos   07/30/19  
Ten years ago, I left my job as a tenured university professor to work as an intelligence analyst for the federal government, primarily in the State Department but with an intervening tour at the National…