Inter-Govt. Climate Action Overview

US Defense Department, National Security, and Climate Change

 The US Department of Defense has issued an important document highlighting climate change issues for national security, the Quadrennial Defense Review Report (2010). 

Here are three excerpts:

"Climate change and energy are two key issues that will play a significant role in shaping the future security environment. Although they produce distinct types of challenges, climate change, energy security, and economic stability are inextricably linked." (page 84)

"Assessments conducted by the intelligence community indicate that climate change could have significant geopolitical impacts around the world, contributing to poverty, environmental degradation, and the further weakening of fragile governments. Climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, will increase the spread of disease, and may spur or exacerbate mass migration. "(page 85)

"Managing the national security effects of climate change will require DoD to work collaboratively, through a whole-of-government approach, with both traditional allies and new partners." (page 86 - 87)



Dash, J. (2010). US Defense Department, National Security, and Climate Change. Retrieved from


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