Pentagon Chief says climate crisis is 'existential' threat to national security

April 22, 2021 / 399 views

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says "the climate crisis is a profoundly destabilizing force for our world" and that the climate crisis is an 'existential' threat to the United States national security.

The Hill reported: "Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday called climate change an “existential” threat to U.S. national security, committing the Pentagon to “doing our part” to alleviate it.

“Today, no nation can find lasting security without addressing the climate crisis. We face all kinds of threats in our line of work, but few of them truly deserve to be called existential. The climate crisis does,” Austin said during an international climate summit hosted by the White House.


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“The climate crisis is a profoundly destabilizing force for our world. As the Arctic melts, competition for resources and influence in the region increases. Closer to the equator, rising temperatures and frequent and intense extreme weather events in Africa and Central America threaten millions with drought, hunger, and displacement,” he added."

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