Monday, August 10, 2009

Climate change and national security

John Broder has an extremely important article in The New York Times on the ways in which global warming and climate change will seriously affect our security. Military and intelligence analysts examine the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or military response.

Broder writes,

If the United States does not lead the world in reducing fossil-fuel consumption and thus emissions of global warming gases, proponents of this view say, a series of global environmental, social, political and possibly military crises loom that the nation will urgently have to address.

This is a reality that we must face, and sooner rather than later.

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