Friday, December 02, 2016
The Generals - Again - Sound the Warning Siren on Climate Change.
Climate change is on the mind of every professional military across the world. They know it impacts the threats they face and multiplies the challenge they must meet to defend their nations.
In the run up to the American election, two "commanders" groups, one made up of US generals and admirals, the other made up of senior commanders of the US and other nations, warned of the threat climate change posed to world security.
Now, another military warning that, unless we act immediately to eliminate carbon emissions, we will experience mass migration on a scale most a decade ago would have thought unimaginable.
“Climate change is the greatest security threat of the 21st century,” said Maj Gen Munir Muniruzzaman, chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on climate change and a former military adviser to the president of Bangladesh. He said one metre of sea level rise will flood 20% of his nation. “We’re going to see refugee problems on an unimaginable scale, potentially above 30 million people.”
He's talking 30 million migrants from Bangladesh alone. That's just a fraction of the global figure. A lot of those eyes will be looking for safe refuge, preferrably in some large, relatively unpopulated territory.