Can Climate Change Jeopardize National Security?

Now, since this is my last post I would like to leave you with a big bang of information and enlighten you with knowledge on a pretty unfamiliar area of climate change. If you had read the title of this post, you should know that this post is about national security and how it could be jeopardized by climate change and why this might be a major concern of Congress, the CIA, the NSA, and even you.

According to an article I found, there is reason to believe that many issues world-wide that are caused by climate change also have the ability to endanger our national security. The National Research Council created an advisory panel, and the members of that panel have stated that the United States Intelligence Agencies must take climate change and the havoc it causes more seriously. They have advised the intelligence agencies to dig deeper into this subject, and find information that suggests how climate change might create social and communal upheaval. John D. Steinbruner, a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland at College Park who led the panel on behalf of the National Research Council said,

There’s a lot going on, there are pieces here, but it isn’t organized to the extent that it ought to be.

“Now that you have read this, you may be thinking, “What does this have to do with the national security of this country?” Well, the reason Congress and the National Research Council is worried about our national security is for this reason,

Millions of people depend on water delivered from the Himalaya Mountains by the Indus River. Pakistan experienced a series of electrical blackouts and shortages of irrigation water between 2010 and 2012 as a result of decreased water levels in the Indus. The shortages were part of a long-term decline in per-capita water availability, which by 2010 was less than a third of what it was in the 1950s, the report says.

The water shortages, it says, led to demonstrations and riots of increasing frequency and intensity in 2010 and 2011. Those events worsened political relations between India and Pakistan, both of which have nuclear weapons. In such cases, the U.S. government, if sufficiently aware of the developing crisis, could act to avert catastrophic conflicts, such as by taking more aggressive steps to help local communities establish alternative power supplies.

Now this means that even though we may think that global warming only applies to the problem of ice caps melting and the earth going through levels of heating all over the earth. But now it comes to a somewhat different (but not necessarily bigger) stage where warfare and mass destruction may become the bigger and more immediate threat.

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One response to “Can Climate Change Jeopardize National Security?”

  1. isabellat0017 says :

    This is a great post Forrest! It is a one of a kind! Most posts like to talk about energy, science, or polotics but you are the first one to bring up National Security. Water shortage is a big issue, and it is covered more with people dying of dehydration because of global warming. But thinking on the other side of things you could say that it is bad because the water is being re-located to other areas and is causing flooding, or you National Security issue. There are many more sides to this topic than most people realize.

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