The American Security Project is a leading organization studying how climate change threatens national security. Its research has shown how America’s military, and militaries around the world are taking the threat seriously.
Climate Change is Happening Now
The effects of climate change—extreme weather, droughts, wildfires, sea level rise, flooding, and warming polar oceans—present ever-growing risks to national security. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
highlighted these threats in their latest assessment of the state of knowledge on the science of climate change.
The Military Must Plan
The Department of Defense has recognized this threat in National Defense Strategies
and Quadrennial Defense Reviews since the George H.W. Bush Administration.
These documents explain that climate change acts as an “accelerant of instability” and a “threat multiplier” in fragile political and security situations, and has created new security domains, where geopolitical rivals will compete for influence and control.
Climate change alone does not cause wars. But it contributes and exacerbates conditions of resource scarcity, economic and political instability that often lead to conflict. As a global power with strategic interests around the world, climate change is strategically important to the U.S. through the impacts it has on U.S. readiness at home and the regional stability of our allies abroad. Read More »