Climate change threatens pretty much everything, and our military is no exception. According to a , over half of all U.S. military bases are at risk from climate change.
The report involved surveying all Department of Defense installations around the world, and evaluating which ones were most at risk of climate-related disasters. Primarily, the report found the highest risks were due to flooding, extreme temperatures, drought, and wind.
“Changes in climate can potentially shape the environment in which we operate and the missions we are required to do,” . “If extreme weather makes our critical facilities unusable or necessitates costly or manpower-intensive workarounds, that is an unacceptable impact.”
The report does note that the information was obtained using a “qualitative survey,” which is another way of saying the DoD simply asked military bases whether they felt they were at risk from climate change. This means that the results aren’t incredibly rigorous, and there is some amount of subjectivity involved.
Still, the Pentagon admitting that climate change will pose a threat to national security means that there are plenty of people inside the government that recognize just how bad of a problem climate change is and will become. Maybe this means we can finally start doing something about it.