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steven johnson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:27 PM
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Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security
Worst case scenarios are worrisome at best and terrifying at worst. Global warming induced storms, droughts and food shortages have the potential to cause severe social, health and military disruption.

Welcome to the brave new world.




The conflict in southern Sudan, which has killed and displaced tens of thousands of people, is partly a result of drought in Darfur.

Recent war games and intelligence studies conclude that over the next 20 to 30 years, vulnerable regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia, will face the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or military response.

But a growing number of policy makers say that the world's rising temperatures, surging seas and melting glaciers are a direct threat to the national interest. If the United States does not lead the world in reducing fossil-fuel consumption and thus emissions of global warming gases, proponents of this view say, a series of global environmental, social, political and possibly military crises loom that the nation will urgently have to address.

A changing climate presents a range of challenges for the military. Many of its critical installations are vulnerable to rising seas and storm surges. In Florida, Homestead Air Force Base was essentially destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and Hurricane Ivan badly damaged Naval Air Station Pensacola in 2004. Military planners are studying ways to protect the major naval stations in Norfolk, Va., and San Diego from climate-induced rising seas and severe storms.



Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security

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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:30 PM
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1. And Best Case Scenarios Warm The Heart..
No :scared:
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lovecanada56035 Donating Member (51 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 02:36 AM
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2. What utter nonsense
What will the state department come up with next?
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-12-09 10:10 PM
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3. Why is this "utter nonsense"? Serious question.
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