While I don’t usually recommend CNN.com as a news source, there was an interesting article posted this morning about a new report on climate change and national security.

The report is available here on the CNA Corporation website, the  research group (linked to the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research) that sponsored the study. You guys should check it out!

America has always maintained a strong focus on security, but in recent years it feels as though we’ve taken this concentration to a new level, losing sight of issues that appear less related to self-preservation, such as global poverty, the environment, etc. (Note: check out our military spending as compared to other countries throughout the world.) (Now, check out how much money we donated in foreign aid last year. Look carefully at the percentage of our gross national income (GNI). Pretty sad, huh? You can read more about nations’ donations here.)

Now there’s a new report that demonstrates, not surprisingly, that we have taken the wrong approach. For good or for ill, the Security and Climate report is expected to provide a direct link between climate change and our own national security. While we probably should have been making greater efforts earlier, we now have yet another reason to reduce our impact on the environment and contribute more to nation building.

Some of its central findings and recommendations have already been made available to the public.

Their findings include:
•    Projected climate change poses a serious threat to America’s national security.
•    Climate change acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world.
•    Projected climate change will add to tensions even in stable regions of the world.
•    Climate change, national security and energy dependence are a related set of global challenges.

Some of their inclusions include:
•  The national security consequences of climate change should be fully integrated into national security and national defense strategies.
•  The U.S. should commit to a stronger national and international role to help stabilize climate changes at levels that will avoid significant disruption to global security and stability.
•  The U.S. should commit to global partnerships that help less developed nations build the capacity and resiliency to better manage climate impacts.

This blog is not intended be to one of the many ‘the sky is falling’ reports that circulate throughout mainstream media on a daily basis. Rather, I hope this report reminds us that the environment, international development, and the security of people throughout the world are interrelated. Let’s act, and encourage our government to act, accordingly!

Best regards,

Lindsay

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