If one were to listen to Fox News and the right-wing media, climate change is something uncertain and dividing the scientific community. In reality, 97 percent of scientists polled in 2009 believe climate change is real.
For the Pentagon, 97 percent of scientists is all it took to convince military leaders to begin thinking of climate change as a national security threat. To help prepare, the Department of Defense, or DoD, released their Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, or CCAR.
The CCAR introduces a framework for the military to deal with coming threats and challenges to bases, theater operations, training requirements, potential threats, and supply routes. These challenges are already being felt by the military in the wake of extreme weather phenomena along the East Coast.
The Pentagon released the CCAR the same week a Harvard study points to climate change as a national security threat. The study, funded by the Central Intelligence Agency, points to climate change stressing urban systems, including food and water distribution, energy production, and resource distribution.
The CCAR points to scientific evidence of increased extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy, in the coming years. Instead of waiting for Congress to act, the Pentagon is working on preparing the military to handle operations in a rapidly changing environment.
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