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Top Military Officer: Climate Change Biggest Threat to Security


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JL
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The nuclear-war themed back and forth between North and South Korea is not the biggest threat to the Asia-Pacific region. Instead, it's climate change, according to a top military officer.



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JL A. (272)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:07 pm
Top Military Officer: Climate Change Biggest Threat to Security

By Alex Kane
Alternet and GlobalPossibilities.org, March 11, 2013
Straight to the Source

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Environment and Climate Resource Center page.

The nuclear-war themed back and forth between North and South Korea is not the biggest threat to the Asia-Pacific region. Instead, it's climate change, according to a top military officer.

Admiral Samuel Locklear, a naval officer in charge of the Asia-Pacific region, told the Boston Globe Friday that global warming "is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about." Locklear added: "People are surprised sometimes...You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past. We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17."

Locklear made the comments to the Boston Globe during an interview after he met with scholars at Harvard and Tufts Universities. He met with a number of foreign policy specialists to discuss U.S. policy towards Asia as the Obama administrations goes ahead with its plan to "pivot" to the region. The visit to the Boston-area came as North and South Korea traded verbal blows after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test. Despite those real challenges, though, Locklear focused on climate change as an even more important threat.

"The ice is melting and sea is getting higher," said Locklear. "I'm into the consequence management side of it. I'm not a scientist, but the island of Tarawa in Kiribati, they're contemplating moving their entire population to another country because [it] is not going to exist anymore."


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Terry V. (30)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:35 pm
Noted THANKS!!!

Could Just One Degree Change the World?
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:43 pm
You are welcome Terry! And thanks for posting the link to the wonderful short video!You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 5:30 pm
Finally it seems like some people are starting to grasp the grim reality we are facing. Too bad it's too little, too late. Thanks J.L
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 5:32 pm
You are welcome Tamara. You cannot currently send a star to Tamara because you have done so within the last day.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 6:41 pm

If the military is addressing the issue, than we are finally beginning to move forward. In that deep dark part of me, Iam hoping for those private islands to go first. Those Islands that cost upwards of 100 million and are used as 'get away' homes. Those who planted should reap what they sow.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 7:05 pm
That would be justice I agree Kit. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 7:23 pm
Agree with Kit 100% on that! But we have to consider it will happen differently-remember Justicia being blindfolded... thank you Admiral Locklear for saying that, though he is not the first to publicly suggest that climate change is not just an economic threat but absolutely a security threat, for the US and elsewhere. How true is that!
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 7:50 pm
Hopefully such voices will become more numerous, more frequent and more covered by the media.
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John B. (215)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:14 pm
Thanks J.L. for the link to the full article. With climate change, life sustaining resources will become limited. Food and water will be what individuals, states, regions and nations will strive to control, protect and in the end will fight for. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 8:20 pm
You are welcome John. It is a vital trend I believe. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 11:44 pm
Local changes in climate can rewrite the agriculture-industry. Institutions and relations which exist now to keep everybody fed could fail, and that would lead to a lot of trouble. In the Asia-Pacific region, we could be looking at a major shakeup as China imports much of its food, has a large and advanced military, new power-projection and no established traditions related to it, and a lot of people who need to eat.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Monday March 25, 2013, 12:18 am
There are so many unforeseen consequences to climate change. We have to be ready for all, the question is can we stop this in time?
 

Helen Porter (41)
Monday March 25, 2013, 12:44 am
Thank you for taking action
 

Lynn D. (0)
Monday March 25, 2013, 1:28 am
Thanks for info......
 

Joseph Miller (23)
Monday March 25, 2013, 3:54 am
Thanks for doing this
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Monday March 25, 2013, 5:59 am
I think global warming has gone too far to reverse but that doesn't mean we should not try to protect what is left.
 

Fi T. (16)
Monday March 25, 2013, 6:17 am
This matters all the mankind
 

cecily w. (0)
Monday March 25, 2013, 6:18 am
Unfortunately climate change deniers won't pay attention to Admiral Locklear either. It has gone too far to reverse completely, but nations should be working on plans to mitigate the effects by relocating their populations, etc.. (Tiny Maldives is making plans for this.) The military will be a key group in participating in these mitigation measures, but their officers will hit a blank wall.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Monday March 25, 2013, 6:25 am
Kit is correct as usual. If we don't get moving now, I'm afraid it's over for many species. :(
 

Carol D. (104)
Monday March 25, 2013, 9:09 am
Climate change is the biggest threat for everything at this present time Without a planet there wont be any need to worry about anything else It should be No 1 on the worlds agenda


Noted thanks
 

Michael Kirkby (83)
Monday March 25, 2013, 9:19 am
And the planet it is a changing.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday March 25, 2013, 10:13 am
You are welcome Lynn, Joseph and Carol.
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Betty Kelly (2)
Monday March 25, 2013, 11:09 am
If we wish our planet to survive we need to concentrate on working on this problem.
 

. (0)
Monday March 25, 2013, 12:24 pm
Thanks for the article JL and Terry for the link
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday March 25, 2013, 12:58 pm
Thank you
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday March 25, 2013, 2:29 pm
Thank you, JL for this info. This is the latest in a long line of articles written by well-respected, credible people regarding the impending negative results of climate change. Scientists have written many articles with specific info that can't be negated. At first, the info was slowly dripping....now it's flowing and the warnings are getting stronger. Where is our media? What will it take? Hurricane Sandy served to awaken some; but their voices have quieted. I guess "catastrophes happen to someone else" and most can't be bothered until it reaches their front door.
So, we must make our voices louder and stronger and continue to spread the info....esp. to our Congress critters, and with phone calls and messages left at whitehouse.gov.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday March 25, 2013, 4:22 pm
Noted, thanks !
 

Eternal Gardener (703)
Monday March 25, 2013, 5:40 pm
... Even, and at least, the military get it...!
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday March 25, 2013, 5:41 pm
Noted
 

JL A. (272)
Monday March 25, 2013, 6:34 pm
You are welcome Toni, Birgit, Lois and Aletta.
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Jude Hand (59)
Monday March 25, 2013, 7:38 pm
Noted. Glad that the man is given the opportunities to meet with the MA folks. Clearly, he's earned his status and hopefully it will help get something done.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Monday March 25, 2013, 9:44 pm
Of course! Noted
 

JL A. (272)
Monday March 25, 2013, 9:52 pm
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robert zank (0)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 4:44 am
who knows who is manipulating the weather and climate, some people still believe it is not possible.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEV5AFFcZ-s&list=PLED97AFA83A4B77B8
and with all of these honest military and political people telling you what is your reality is
there is sure to be another enslaving plan behind the blah blah blah.
 

Ro H. (0)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:15 am
ty
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 5:37 am
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 8:10 am
You are welcome Ro and Kerrie.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 9:27 am
Thanks J.L. In the current and future fighting for survival resources, nuclear weapons will probably be deployed in several countries around the world. This will exacerbate the current climate challenges and the whole healthy (for life as we have come to know it) planet situations.
 
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