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CIA opens Center on climate change and national security issues

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by Maril Hazlett

Oh boy. (And if I link to this, will they start tracking my traffic???) (Jk)

Note, the link to this (brief) public press release also goes to a secured server. That’s a little unusual. And just to pass the buck re any potential surveillance, I found this link originally at NRDC Switchboard. Blame them.

The Central Intelligence Agency is launching The Center on Climate Change and National Security as the focal point for its work on the subject. The Center is a small unit led by senior specialists from the Directorate of Intelligence and the Directorate of Science and Technology.

Its charter is not the science of climate change, but the national security impact of phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels, population shifts, and heightened competition for natural resources. The Center will provide support to American policymakers as they negotiate, implement, and verify international agreements on environmental issues. That is something the CIA has done for years. “Decision makers need information and analysis on the effects climate change can have on security. The CIA is well positioned to deliver that intelligence,” said Director Leon Panetta.

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