Accession Number:

ADA508287

Title:

Taking Up the Security Challenge of Climate Change

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-05-26

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

Climate change, in which man-made global warming is a major factor, will likely have dramatic and long-lasting consequences with profound security implications, making it a challenge the United States must urgently take up. The security implications will be most pronounced in places where the effects of climate change are greatest, particularly in weak states that are already vulnerable to environmental destabilization. Two things are vitally important stemming the tide of climate change and adapting to its far-reaching consequences. This project examines the destabilizing effects of climate change and how the U.S. military could be used to mitigate them. The U.S. military could be charged with assisting at-risk peoples and states in adapting to climate change, thereby promoting stability and sustainable security. Recommendations are made to U.S. leadership with regard to dealing with the strategic dimensions of climate change, and, as a case in point, how Sino-American cooperation in Africa would not only benefit areas where climate change effects are already pronounced, but also strengthen a crucial bilateral relationship.

Subject Categories:

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

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE