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12:44 pm, December 2nd, 2016 - 11 comments
Categories: climate change, defence, disaster, global warming, war - Tags: cimate change, global warming, military, refugee crisis, risk
Military institutions have to live in the real world. They are full of practical people. They assess risk. The military assessment of climate change then, should carry some weight:
Climate change will stir ‘unimaginable’ refugee crisis, says military
Unchecked global warming is greatest threat to 21st-century security where mass migration could be ‘new normal’, say senior military
Climate change is set to cause a refugee crisis of “unimaginable scale”, according to senior military figures, who warn that global warming is the greatest security threat of the 21st century and that mass migration will become the “new normal”.
The generals said the impacts of climate change were already factors in the conflicts driving a current crisis of migration into Europe, having been linked to the Arab Spring, the war in Syria and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency.
Military leaders have long warned that global warming could multiply and accelerate security threats around the world by provoking conflicts and migration. They are now warning that immediate action is required.
Brig Gen Stephen Cheney, a member of the US Department of State’s foreign affairs policy board and CEO of the American Security Project, said: “Climate change could lead to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. We’re already seeing migration of large numbers of people around the world because of food scarcity, water insecurity and extreme weather, and this is set to become the new normal.
“Climate change impacts are also acting as an accelerant of instability in parts of the world on Europe’s doorstep, including the Middle East and Africa,” Cheney said. “There are direct links to climate change in the Arab Spring, the war in Syria, and the Boko Haram terrorist insurgency in sub-Saharan Africa.”
“Countries are going to pay for climate change one way or another,” said Cheney. “The best way to pay for it is by tackling the root causes of climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. If we do not, the national security impacts will be increasingly costly and challenging.”
Read the full piece in The Guardian.
America’s military need to sit down and have a quiet word with their soon-to-be Commander in Chief.