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Among the project’s findings:
• The government lacks critical information about where and when climate changes will happen and what effect they will have on the U.S. military, intelligence and national security communities.
• In a major strategy review last year, the Pentagon acknowledged the challenge that climate change poses to its operations, including a dramatically increased need for intervention in future humanitarian crises. While military branches have begun global assessments
Not only is there a gap in surveillance to determine whether “vectors are changing,” there are other “key uncertainties,” including how quickly climate change will occur and where the impacts will be most pronounced. This alarming information comes straight from the senior global health security adviser for the National Intelligence Council.
The first stories in the “Global Warning” series are running today in The Washington Post or being distributed by the McClatchy Newspapers Washington Bureau. Additional stories will run in The Washington Post this month. Both media partners are linking to the entire project online.
The CIA is now spearheading intelligence assessments to determine where climate change could affect global stability.
That work may be in jeopardy as Republicans skeptical of climate control take control of key congressional committees.
The intelligence community has struggled both internally and politically to respond to the challenges posed by climate change.
At home, critical infrastructure along the Gulf of Mexico is vulnerable to the stronger storms and more frequent flooding that are predicted due to climate change.