Secret 2007 Aussie Defence report warns of climate conflict

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The Syndey Morning Herald has obtained the summary of an Australian Defence Department report titled: Climate Change, The Environment, Resources And Conflict.

The 2007 report states that:

“Environmental stress, caused by both climate change and a range of other factors, will act as a threat multiplier in fragile states around the world, increasing the chances of state failure. This is likely to increase demands for the ADF to be deployed on additional stabilisation, post-conflict reconstruction and disaster relief operations in the future.”

A similar report was released by a blue-ribbon panel of 11 of the most senior retired U.S. admirals and generals in 2007, which concluded that:

“Global climate change presents a serious national security threat that could affect Americans at home, impact U.S. military operations, and heighten global tensions”

You can download a full copy of the US report here: National Security and the threat of Climate Change (PDF).

We’ve contacted the Sydney Herald for a copy of the Autsralian Defense report that they obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. If we get a copy we’llmake it available on DeSmogBlog for download.


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