Head of US Pacific command: Climate change biggest threat

From the Globe:

“People are surprised sometimes,” he added, describing the reaction to his assessment. “You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17.”

That’s not to say Locklear isn’t also concerned about North Korea’s nuclear weapons testing, the rift between China and Japan regarding a set of small islands and computer hacking associated with China.

But Locklear’s worries about climate change align with many other warnings from the armed forces and Defense Department.

The Defense Department outlined climate change as a national security threat in the Quadrennial Defense Review it released in 2010.

Military branches also have shifted to adopt more clean-energy technology in an attempt to reduce the armed services’ emissions.


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