Monday, March 25, 2013

U.S. Military prepares for consequences of global climate change

U.S. Military now admits that global warming is the most serious threat to our national security over the next 50 years. From the Boston Globe.
“[Climate change] is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about,’’ Admiral Locklear told the Boston Globe“We have interjected into our multilateral dialogue – even with China and India – the imperative to kind of get military capabilities aligned [for] when the effects of climate change start to impact these massive populations,” he said. “If it goes bad, you could have hundreds of thousands or millions of people displaced and then security will start to crumble pretty quickly.’’
 The effects of wasting our non-renewable fossil fuels and dumping the carbon into the atmosphere are many, but combined they will cause such unrest that even the most powerful nation in the world takes note. The end of fuel is only one problem for the war machine, after all it is difficult to fly jets on solar cells, but with weather change you create uncertainties in the global food supply, changes in global sea level that will displace low lying populations like New Orleans, ocean acidification that will disrupt species and further undermine food sources, and of course political potential for war and its ripple effects in a time of WMD.

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