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Jun 20, 2017

I am joined again by my wife Iv, so you don’t have to listen to my monotonous tones constantly.

It turns out Climate change isn’t just causing the glaciers to melt and driving 200 species to extinction every day, it’s also a threat to international security.

According to Major General Munir Muniruzzaman who is the chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council On Climate Change, climate change could spark major wars “completely destabilising” the world and forcing millions of people to become refugees.

In addition to that report from GMACCC, the Center for Climate and Security has published a report titled “Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene.”

The report identifies 12 "epicenters," or categories, where climate change could trigger major global conflict. Any one of these 12 issues could cause significant disruption, but taken together these epicenters can present a serious threat to international security.

Non-state actors are already weaponising water to control local populations, either through diverting scarce water sources or as the Islamic State group did when it seized the Mosul Dam in Iraq and threatened to destroy it, they gained leverage to devastate downstream population centers.

Egypt has already threatened Ethiopia with air strikes over damming the Nile River. I believe it was the Obama Administration that referred to Climate Change as being a ‘threat multiplier’. And The Center for Climate and Security report stresses why mitigating climate change should be the highest priority for governments and institutions around the world. 

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