Monday, August 10, 2009

Climate Change: A Threat to National Security?

I came across this great article on the New York Times website this past Saturday. It's a pretty interesting and compelling read. It speaks to how the United States is having to think about Climate Change as a threat to our security at home and abroad.

I must admit that I had not thought of climate change in these terms. It gives one pause when you do!

It's interesting what our nations military are having to prepare for. See below:

An exercise last December at the National Defense University, an educational institute that is overseen by the military, explored the potential impact of a destructive flood in Bangladesh that sent hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming into neighboring India, touching off religious conflict, the spread of contagious diseases and vast damage to infrastructure. “It gets real complicated real quickly,” said Amanda J. Dory, the deputy assistant secretary of defense or strategy, who is working with a Pentagon group assigned to incorporate climate change into national security strategy planning.

To read more of this interesting article follow the link after the jump:

A growing number of policy makers say that the world’s rising temperatures, surging seas and melting glaciers are a direct threat to the national interest.

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