The forward, by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, sets the
tone: "Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation
patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will
intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty,
and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water
shortages, pandemic diseases, disputes over refugees and resources,
and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the
The Pentagon's "road map" refers to climate change
as a "threat multiplier" because "it has the
potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with
today – from infectious disease to terrorism."
The road map outlines plans to integrate climate change
considerations into U.S. defense planning scenarios, preparation
for extreme weather events, and work with other federal and local
agencies to "develop a comprehensive, whole-of-government
approach to a challenge that reaches across traditional portfolios
The New York Times reports that the Pentagon's
characterization of climate change as a "present-day
threat" demanding immediate action "represents a
significant shift for the military, which has in the past focused
on climate change as a future risk." According to the Times,
the report "is aimed in part at building support for a United Nations agreement," to be signed
next year in Paris, that would limit the world to a less than
2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature.
The Times also notes that Defense Secretary Hagel's
"increasingly prominent role in pushing for a new global
climate change treaty is a sign that the urgency of the issue is
starting to drive changes in the political debate." Back in
1997, when he was a Republican senator from Nebraska, Hagel worked
to block the U.S. from signing the Kyoto Protocol. According to the
Times, Mr. Hagel's efforts today to "lay the groundwork
for a new global climate deal signal a remarkable shift."
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