US names climate change a top security issue

US president Obama issues forceful call to action to combat climate change, framing global warming as national security priority on par with terrorism … American politicians pose a serious threat to US national security when they deny that rising seas, thawing permafrost and longer wildfires are the crippling effects of global warming …  The Pentagon is assessing the vulnerability to climate change of its 7,000 bases, installations and facilities, many of which are on the coast.   [There has been] damage to the navy and air bases at Norfolk, Virginia, from increasing floods, to Alaskan facilities built on thawing permafrost, and to military training areas in western states from wildfires.

(The Guardian: 21 May 2015)

Category: Politics

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