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A team of researchers began studying the Sierra Nevada Mountains in April, and they found no snow – and that was the first time there hadn’t been snow on the pinnacles in the past 75 years. The same researchers discovered that the level of snowpack is lower than it has ever been over the last five centuries.
This is important, because mountain snowpack feeds California about 30 percent of its annual water supply. It melts into rivers, streams and lakes, and right now, those are all nearing historic low points.
According to the Department of Defense, climate change is what’s known as a threat multiplier. Because the draughts in California are happening with increasing severity across the world, and because other natural disasters are following the historic pattern of a changing climate, the DoD is using its own expertise in war and conflict to understand the relationship of changing global temperatures and our own national security.
strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere. Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline and trigger waves of mass migration.”
That means instability in other regions of the world can throw us, with the world’s strongest military, right in the middle of armed conflict.
Retired Vice Admiral Lee Gunn told NPR that “the vast majority of military leaders [are convinced] that climate change is a real threat and that the military plays an important role in confronting it.”
The CIA is on-board, as well; they’ve formed a division on climate change and its effect on national security.
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Are the DoD and CIA wrong for focusing on climate change and its potential effects on national security, or are they doing the right thing by planning for the worst?
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