Monday, 16 April 2007

Report: Climate Change a Security Threat

A U.S. think tank has just published an analysis by 11 retired admirals and generals, arguing that climate change is a "threat multiplier" leading to increased global instability.

The report, entitled "National Security and the Threat of Climate Change" argues that extreme weather conditions could heighten disputes over resources and lead to more conflicts and failed states in weaker countries.

The report's authors call on the United States to commit to measures that help stabilise climate change, and that help vulnerable nations cope with climate change impacts.

Commenting on the report, Marc Levy of Columbia University's Earth Institute said:

"It seems irresponsible not to take into account the possibility that a world with climate change will be a more violent world when making judgments about how tolerable such a world might be.