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Beyond the Arctic: The Strategic and National Security Implications of Climate Change for Canada

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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Within the last thirty years, linkages between climate change, inter or intra-state conflicts, and national security have become more apparent. Three main adverse impacts of climate change impinge on environmental security resource scarcity, the increase in frequency and intensity of natural hazards, and human migration. Additionally, current projections regarding global population growth, climbing temperatures, rising sea levels, and political instability suggest that the impact of climate on global and national security will likely continue to feed the conflict cycle and escalate tensions worldwide. Given this context, this monograph will investigate the impacts of global climate change on the environmental and national security of Canada and the repercussions for the Canadian Armed Forces beyond the Arctic. This monograph is divided into four sections. The first section will provide a summary of the current state of affairs regarding climate change as a global phenomenon influencing environmental security. The second section will trace the linkages between the current environment and the ramifications for Canada as a nation. The third section will focus on Canadas national security policy in a climate-changing world. The last section will conclude the monograph and offer observations and implications for the contemporary and future of the CAF.


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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Government and Political Science
  • Meteorology

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[A, Approved For Public Release]