Today ASP was quoted in the Boston Globe in a piece on American national security and the changing climate the United States finds itself in. The author, Juliette Kayyem, linked ASP’s recent report: “Preliminary Results: The Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change” with the office of the director of national intelligence’s recent “Worldwide Threat Assessment”. The authors of the Global Security Defense Index on Climate Change, Andrew Holland and Xander Vagg saw their findings highlighted by Kayyem:
The United States now concedes that the security of nations is “being affected by weather conditions outside of historical norms, including more frequent and extreme floods, droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, coastal high water, and heat waves.” These have had an impact on food supplies and demographic trends. The global population is expected to hit 8.3 billion by 2030. About 60 percent (up from the current 50 percent) of people will live in cities, putting greater pressure on agriculture, energy, transportation, and water supplies.
We are not alone in our concerns. The American Security Project, a bipartisan think tank, analyzed military assessments worldwide. From China to Rwanda, Belarus to Brazil, over 70 percent of nations view climate change as a top threat to their national security.
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