Global Warming and National Security

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My latest Science Progress column contemplates this question, in the wake of a spot of news that doesn’t seem to have caused any uproar (yet)–namely, that DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is apparently holding an event to discuss the prospect of geoengineering the climate. As I write in the column: This is newsworthy…

From the New York Times: Sea level rise fueled by global warming threatens the barrier islands and coastal wetlands of the Middle Atlantic States, a federal report warned on Friday. The report, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Geological Survey and other agencies, is one of a series examining the potential effects…

I just posted my weekly DeSmogBlog item: It’s about the disconnect right now between the infrastructure and stimulus agenda on the one hand, and the global warming and energy agenda on the other. These all need to be synthesized, for the simple reason that you can’t rebuild infrastructure unless you’re adapting it to climate change.…

Folks up in DC have the chance to catch my colleague Dr. Raphael Sagarin tomorrow at AAAS. He’s in town to talk about his new book ‘Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World‘: ‘From observations of nature and studies in evolutionary biology, Dr. Sagarin has drawn some intriguing conclusions that he suggests may…

What are the appropriate roles of the defense and intelligence establishments in understanding and responding to global warming? In a recent op-ed, my colleague Mark Drapeau and I reviewed a study by the CNA Corp. that highlighted the natural security threats posed by unchecked climate change. The CNA report observed (rightly, in our view) that…

Dr. Montgomery McFate, a noted anthropologist and Pentagon consultant currently based at the U.S. Institute for Peace, has pointed out an historical military role of her academic field in understanding the local populace during the Colonial period. Despite this intermingled history of anthropology and the military, however, modern-day defense policymakers and academic researchers rarely play…