U.S. Military Report: Climate Change is a ‘Catalyst for Conflict’

By Brandon Baker, EcoWatch –  It’s hard to deny climate change when some of the most respected people in the U.S. affirm its existence. That’s what happened this week when Military Advisory Board (MAB) of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) released its National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change. Board members plan on briefing the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on their findings, particularly that climate change could lead to conflict. “It is not possible to discuss the future of national and international security without addressing climate change,” retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Donald Hoffman said in a statement. “Food shortages, droughts, floods—all directly tied to climate change will be catalysts for conflict.” The board is comprised of 16 retired three- and four-star generals and admirals. Their message is not unlike the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s March report, which stated that global security could be comprised as the Earth continues to warm. The new report, accompanied by a...

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