Klimatförändringar och försvars- och säkerhetspolitik

Jag rekommenderar följande artikel om klimatförändringar och försvars- och säkerhetspolitik:

”The evidence mounts daily that an extreme weather event could cause key states already suffering from a dearth of governance to spiral out of control. A rise in sea level or water loss from dwindling glaciers could be the trigger. One need only consider the inadequacy of the U.S. response to Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing chaos, loss of life and damage to homes in order to recognize that many regions of the world simply do not have the capacity to cope with multiple major natural disasters wrought, in part, by climate change (…)

Although global climate change may fall well short of directly spurring armed conflict, it acts as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world—and that may affect U.S. national security. Weakened states in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, already struggling to provide for their citizens’ basic needs, will wrestle with the effects of global climate change. Natural and humanitarian disasters, consequences of climate change, will “likely foster political instability where societal demands exceed the capacity of governments to cope”, as our report explains. All this exacerbates resource shortfalls and hinders progress toward better governance”.

Sherri W. Goodman, former deputy under secretary of defense, is CNA general counsel and the executive director of the CNA Military Advisory Board. Paul J. Kern, former commanding general of the U.S. Army Material Command, is a member of the CNA Military Advisory Board.

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