U.S. Intel Takes On Climate Change

31.07.08

Categorie: Nature |

2624440322_bb4ed9887a U.S. intelligence is finally turning its attention to what is potentially one of the biggest threats to global security: climate change. The intel community just completed the “first National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the implications of global climate change for U.S. security,” World Politics Review reports. The report is classified, but WPR has some details:

[T]he NIE concludes that, at least for the next 20 years, climate change would not present a major direct threat to the national security of the United States. However, the authors of the estimate worry that climate change could indirectly threaten U.S. security by affecting other countries of interest to the United States.

Take, for instance, Chad, an oil exporter and the recipient of billions of dollars in U.S. aid. Shifting weather patterns in the Central African country have exacerbated historical water and wood shortages. The resulting conflict has only further destabilized a country that was already on the verge of meltdown. (Chadian wood distribution pictured.)

The process for and implications of producing the report is at least as interesting as the report itself, WPR states. The decision to even address climate change “thrust the U.S. intelligence community into a highly partisan debate.”

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2 Responses to “U.S. Intel Takes On Climate Change”

  1. J West says:

    1. A lot of what seems to being attributed to climate change was briefed to us by three letter agency types 25 years ago.
    2. As in: the lowest maintenance herd animal in the region was the goat.
    3. The goat, increasingly popular for many reasons, girdled trees and ate all the grass, including roots.
    4. Girdled trees died. Ground cleared of grass was heated to surface temperatures that prevented seed germination.
    5. The result: advance of the desert in North Africa.
    6. Other names and excuses associated with similar phenomena in sub-Saharan Africa.
    7. If the old boys were correct, climate change remedies currently on the table won’t do dick for these poor African souls.
    V/R JW

  2. 222 says:

    when the irrigation plans start after the trench is enlarged to chad lake all of this ideology of debate may go away. More trees can grow fruit too, not just firewood. Cultivation of the leaves and managing pesticides so the insurgents do not get a hold of them will be key too.

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