New intelligence report warns of security risks from unchecked climate change

• December 11, 2012
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Climate change has the potential to stoke regional instabilities and fuel international tensions, according to a major new report from the US National Intelligence Council.

Released yesterday, the Global Trends 2030 report seeks to map out the security trends that will shape international relations over the next two decades. It is the latest in a series of studies from national security bodies around the world to acknowledge that climate change and its likely impacts on food, water, and natural resource supplies represents an emerging security threat.

“Demand for food, water, and energy will grow by approximately 35, 40 and 50 per cent respectively, owing to an increase in the global population and the consumption patterns of an expanding middle class,” the report states. “Climate change will worsen the outlook for the availability of these critical resources.”

The report argues that scarcities can be avoided, but only if co-ordinated steps are taken to improve productivity and efficiency across a raft of industries and economies.

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  1. Karl says:

    When are people going to realize that climate change is not just an environmental issue, not just a human rights or health issue, but an issue which will impact the very security of our world?

  2. Heather says:

    Absolutely agree. This is a systemic and global problem which requires a systemic global response.

  3. TckTckTck says:

    I Think Jigar Shaw said the movement needs to get better at “moral outrage.”

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