Add military and security challenges to the growing list of problems that climate change is creating for this country and the rest of the world.
That’s according to the Pentagon’s “2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.” The report is pretty dire, not that climate change deniers will pay attention to it.
“Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty and conflict,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in the report foreword. “They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.”
Hagel called climate change a “threat multiplier,” increasing problems from “from infectious disease to terrorism.”
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The report notes that the Defense Department will respond to climate change in two ways — adapt to it and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change will limit military opportunities for outdoor training, affect weapons systems, supply capabilities, transportation and storage.
The Defense Department said climate change will also affect future base realignment and closure and stationing decisions, training and military personnel health monitoring. All of it will likely drive up the cost of the U.S. military.
Maybe climate change deniers will pay attention when taxpayers get to pick up a bigger tab.