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Military Adaptation to Climate Change
OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (INSTALLATIONS AND ENVIRONMENT) WASHINGTON DC
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In the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review QDR, DoD, for the first time, explicitly evaluated climate change as part of the QDR. Climate change influences DoDs operating environment and missions. DoD will need to adapt to the impacts of climate change. DoD will need to retain mission capability resilience and address changing missions. U.S. Climate Change Trends arid areas of the Southwest will become hotter and drier, increased temperatures and weather extremes in the Southeast, rising temperatures will impact cold-region installations, and coastal areas will be impacted by sea level rise and storm surge. Key Areas to Improve Mission and Reduce Overall Costs Energy and Reliance on Fossil Fuels, Chemicals of Environmental Concern, Water Resources Management, and Maintaining Readiness in the Face of Climate Change. OBJECTIVE 1 -- Continued Availability of Critical Resources. OBJECTIVE 2 -- DoD is a U.S. Government Leader in Reducing Greenhouse Gases. OBJECTIVE 3 -- Minimize Waste and Pollution. OBJECTIVE 4 -- Management and Practices Built on Sustainability and Community.
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