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A new report by the U.S. Army, Implications of Climate change for the U.S. Army, commissioned by the Pentagon shows the staggering realities of a Climate change future. The study is focused on how Climate change will affect the U.S. Army and its’ work. The Department of Defense is, according to the report, “precariously unprepared for the national security implications of Climate change-induced global security challenges.”
The report authors include officials from NASA, Defense Intelligence Agency and the Army. In the report, authors forecast a future with thirst, starvation, blackouts and disease. Due to Climate change, the food, power, and water systems are all at risk. The scenarios for these are expected by mid-century, some within 20 years.
The report goes into detail about the lack of infrastructure preparedness for rising sea levels. Power plants and systems are not prepared for climate change realities including increased rainfalls and rising sea levels. These infrastructure systems would collapse if they cannot hold up to the changes.
America’s dependence on shipping for export and import functions will be critically endangered as seas continue to rise. Shipping ports for both import and export value would be drastically altered and therefore the countries ability to export or import goods would be hurt.
The report echoes other studies showing increased disease possibilities due to Climate change. The report authors show that military will be important in containing disease outbreaks. Similar to other climate studies, mosquitos and ticks will proliferate in Climate change, spreading disease.
To prevent climate changed-related collapse, the report recommends considering changes in “doctrine, organization, equipping and training” in the Army. What the report leaves out is that the United States military is one of the largest consumers of fossil fuels on the planet, according to Costs of War.
As President Trump pulls the country out of the Paris Climate Accords, a significant step toward reducing the scenarios the report warns of, the Army has show us the writing on the wall.
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