|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:09:31 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] CLIMATE: "Hagel: Military Must Be 'Pro-Active' in Addressing 'Threat Multiplier' of Climate Change"|
Hagel: Military Must Be 'Pro-Active' in Addressing 'Threat
Multiplier' of Climate Change
Military must be ready at all times for 'instability,' Defense
by Nadia Prupis Common Dreams October 13, 2014Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday issued a call to arms to the military to confront climate change, as rising sea levels and other threats could impair the military's operations and "sow the seeds of instability... from the spread of infectious diseases to spurring armed conflicts."
Addressing the Pentagon's new report on the issue at the Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas in Peru, Hagel said the Defense Department and other military services must start creating plans to deal with the possible effects of climate change on more than 7,000 bases and facilities around the world. Hagel expressed concern that rising sea levels could damage the military's regional training ranges and critical equipment. "Our militaries' readiness could be tested, and our capabilities could be stressed," he said.
"Climate change is a 'threat multiplier' because it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we already confront today... and to produce new challenges in the future," Hagel said. "We must be clear-eyed about the security threats presented by climate change, and we must be pro-active in addressing them."
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/13/hagel-military-must-be- pro-active-addressing-threat-multiplierof-climate-change
To download the Defense Department's 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, go to
www.acq.osd.mil/ie/download/CCARprint.pdf -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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