Sunday, August 09, 2009

Pentagon: Global warming a threat to national security

Global warming is set to "pose profound strategic challenges to the United States," possibly prompting "military intervention to deal with the effect of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics." (NY Times)

There are a few ways the military would be affected. Melting polar ice caps will lead to a new shipping lane to defend. Seaside military installations will be at risk of rising sea levels, severe storms. And of course, the military could be called in to support areas ravaged by severe weather.

Interesting, the NY Times write-up uses "climate change" in the headline and opening paragraphs, but eventually says "global warming" around paragraph four.

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