New Pentagon report declares climate change and energy as key issues “shaping the future security environment”
The Pentagon released (1 February 2010), its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) for 2010 [PDF] , stating that crafting a strategic approach to climate and energy are a priority.
- "Climate change will shape the operating environment, roles, and missions that we undertake: Assessments conducted by the intelligence community indicate that climate change could have significant geopolitical impacts around the world, contributing to poverty, environmental degradation, and the further weakening of fragile governments. Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease, and may spur or exacerbate mass migration.
- DoD will need to adjust to the impacts of climate change on our facilities and military capabilities: The Department must complete a comprehensive assessment of all installations to assess the potential impacts of climate change on its missions and adapt as required —more than 30 U.S. military installations are already facing elevated levels of risk from rising sea levels. DoD’s operational readiness hinges on continued access to land, air, and sea training and test space."
- Quadrennial Defense Review Should Spark Interagency Climate Conversation. Climate Progress, 15 February 2010
- Climate Change Climbs the Ranks in the Pentagon and CIA (14 Dec. 2009, WWF blog post)
- U.S. military veterans travel to Copenhagen to discuss security threats of climate change (15 Dec. 2009, WWF blog post)
- Pentagon: “Climate change, energy security, and economic stability are inextricably linked." Climate Progress, 1 Feb 2010.
- Review Aims to Rebalance Forces, Puts People First. Press release (1 Feb 2010) from the Department of Defense.
- Greenhouse Gas Targets Announcement for DOD. Press release (28 Jan 2010) from Department of Defense.