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American Security: The Impacts of Climate Change

American Security: The Impacts of Climate Change

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Climate change poses significant long-term national security threats to the United States. Drought, severe storms, floods, altered agricultural productivity and disease are just some of the consequences of climate change.

These dangers may destabilize fragile governments, exacerbate existing tensions, and feed extremism. Left unaddressed, these problems will present challenges to America’s economy and military.

ASP’s fact sheet, “American Security: The Impacts of Climate Change,” describes the connection between climate change and national security, the potential threats around the globe, and the vulnerabilities America faces at home.






American Security : the Impact of Climate Change


  1. […] The G20 was set up as an international forum for discussion on global problems that transcend the capabilities of any one country or organization to handle alone. A changing climate acts as an accelerant of instability around the world, exacerbating tensions related to water scarcity, food shortages, natural resource competition, underdevelopment and overpopulation. Climate change does not respect political borders, as British Prime Minister Theresa May said in her speech to congressional Republicans. Just because a nation has secured its territorial integrity does not mean it has ensured the security of its citizens, as the American Security Project (ASP) has shown in the report, American Security: The Impacts of Climate Change. […]

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