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Washington D.C. (United States), Feb 25 (Canadian-Media): A new Study released by the National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel on Climate Change titled "A Security Threat Assessment of Global Climate Change: How Likely Warming Scenarios Indicate a Catastrophic Security Future,” warned rapid threats of climate change could destabilize the regions and relationships on which U.S. and international security rely, media reports said.
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It was reported by the Center for Climate and Security (CCS) reported that this report comprising a panel of security professionals to analyze the security implications is a first of its kind.
CCS highlights two future warming scenarios (near term: 1-2°C and medium-long term: 2-4+°C) and "identifies major threats, including heightened social and political instability, and risks to U.S. military missions and infrastructure, as well as security institutions, at both warming scenarios and across all regions of the world.”
Low warming scenario (1.8 to 3.6 degrees by 2050) of North America, "will experience more intense, extreme events like storms and wildfires, with significant impacts on life, property, security infrastructure and democratic institutions," USA today reports said.
Low warming regions of the world were warned of severe risks to national and global security in the next three decades whereas regions with higher levels of warming could face catastrophic, and likely irreversible, global security risks over the course of the 21st century.
Heightened social and political instability and risks to U.S. military missions across all of its geographic areas of responsibility (AORs), as well as regional security institutions and infrastructure, critical for maintaining global security, would be faced by significant threats due to Climate change.
Continuous instability of Climate Change due to rise in global temperatures would phase out snow-covered mountains.
By allowing increase in global temperatures "Our panel's analysis shows that no region of the world will be left unaffected, and climate impacts will interact in dangerous ways in even near-term, lower levels of warming," said report co-author Sherri Goodman, a former deputy undersecretary of defense.
There is a need for climate proofing environments by investing on adaptation, disaster response, and peacebuilding to avert expected impacts of climate change.
In the USA, "we call for renewed efforts to prioritize, communicate and respond to climate security threats," the report says.
U.S. is currently host to increased occurrences of raising temperatures, higher greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, droughts, floods, wildfires, and nature related disaster events.
This is the second report issued in the last six months showing that climate change is a security risk for the United States.
The key causes (i.e. greenhouse gas emissions) associated with climate change should be addressed by U.S. deregulation, says the report.