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Climate Change Poses National Security Threat, Will Impact Role Of U.S. Military, DoD Report Says

News outlets provide coverage on a new report issued by the U.S. Department of Defense discussing climate change as a national security threat and the role of the U.S. military in responding to climate change-related disasters.

Associated Press: Hagel: Climate change will challenge U.S. military
“Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America’s military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday…” (Baldor, 10/13).

New York Times: Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change
“The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty, and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises…” (Davenport, 10/13).

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