[Coral-List] Climate change and political values

Sheppard, Charles Charles.Sheppard at warwick.ac.uk
Fri Dec 16 14:42:58 EST 2016

Regarding Dr Ellen Prager's very interesting and useful post about the important effects of climate change on economy, national security and human health, there is one other aspect that might be added: that of defense.  (Helen's inclusion of national security I see does not encompass this).

Two years ago a team of 16 US Generals and Admirals published:  "National Security  and the  Accelerating Risks  of Climate Change"  https://www.cna.org/cna_files/pdf/MAB_5-8-14.pdf

It is hard-hitting in many places.  A highlighted phrase is "...the projected impacts of climate change will be more than threat  multipliers; they will serve as catalysts  for instability and conflict".

Under "Major findings" is the box:
"Actions by the United States and the international community have been insufficient to adapt to the challenges associated with projected climate change. Strengthening resilience to climate impacts already locked into the system is critical, but this will reduce long-term risk only if improvements in resilience are accompanied by actionable agreements on ways to stabilize climate change."

Food for thought for all leaders, not only in the USA.

Best wishes
Charles Sheppard

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