Magazine article National Defense

Climate Change Will Result in Societal Upheavals, Think Tanks Warn

Magazine article National Defense

Climate Change Will Result in Societal Upheavals, Think Tanks Warn

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A changing climate will have profound impacts on U.S. national security as droughts, floods, famines and epidemics create instability throughout the world, according to a joint report released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center for a New American security.

National security implications include heightened internal and crossborder tensions caused by large-scale migrations, conflicts over scarce resources and an increase in epidemics, said "The Age of Consequences: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Global Climate Change."

"Across the board, the ways in which societies react to climate change will refract through underlying social, political and economic factors," said the report.

Scant attention has been paid to the social implications of climate change, said the authors at a briefing. They touted the report as one of the first attempts to create a dialogue between the science and security communities.

However, the Pentagon has commissioned two reports on the topic - one in 2003 - and the latest released this year by CNA Corp. …

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