Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Security risk from climate said underestimated

Reuters: Countries around the world have hugely underestimated the potential conflicts stemming from climate change and must invest heavily to correct that mistake, a report said on Wednesday. The report for Britain's Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) by environment expert Nick Mabey said the response had been "slow and inadequate" and to rectify it spending needed to surge to levels comparable to sums spent on counter-terrorism.

"If climate change is not slowed and critical environmental thresholds are exceeded, then it will become a primary driver of conflicts between and within states," said the report "Delivering Climate Security: International Security Responses to a Climate-Changed World".

"In the next decades, climate change will drive as significant a change in the strategic security environment as the end of the Cold War," said Mabey. "If uncontrolled, climate change will have security implications of similar magnitude to the World Wars, but which will last for centuries," he added in the report for the RUSI, a leading forum for defense and security issues….

The death of Pedro Velarde y Santillán during the Defensa del Parque de Artillería de Monteleón ("Defence of the Monteleon Artillery Barracks") by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863 - 1923), Wikimedia Commons

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