U.S. Military Report Warns Climate Change Threatens Key Bases
The report, requested by Congress in 2017, drew sharp criticism for being too thin on details and failing to show which bases are most at risk across the military.
A new Pentagon report identifies significant risks from climate change at scores of military bases and says the Defense Department is taking protective measures against the looming threat.
But Democrats in Congress, who requested the report in 2017 along with some Republican colleagues, said the report lacks the detail they were looking for and shows that the Trump administration is failing to take climate change seriously as a national security threat.
The report, submitted to Congress on Thursday, lists vulnerabilities at 79 key military facilities that were reviewed and says nearly all are facing problems from increasingly severe weather, such as flooding and drought.
"The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans, and installations," the report says, adding that the department needs to adapt its operations to this new reality.
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