Resource Wars

Perhaps the worst possible impact of global warming, however, would be military conflicts that could break out as nations compete for dwindling water, food, energy, and other resources. Many military experts, in fact, see the climate crisis as a "threat multiplier" that will intensify global political instability by creating pressures—such as water shortages, food insecurity, disease, and flooding—on some of the world's most fragile governments.

According to a U.S. Department of Defense report in 2004, climate change could produce famine and widespread riots. Here, a former waiter works as a security guard for food shipments during Somalia's civil war in 2007.

According to a U.S. Department of Defense report in 2004, climate change could produce famine and widespread riots. Here, a former waiter works as a security guard for food shipments during Somalia's civil war in 2007.

This is the conclusion reached in a 2007 report by a United States-based national security think tank, the CNA Corporation. The report, approved by eleven U.S. admirals and generals, warned:

Projected climate change will seriously exacerbate already marginal living standards in many Asian, African, and Middle Eastern nations, causing widespread political instability and the likelihood of failed states. . . . The chaos that results can be an incubator of civil strife, genocide, and the growth of terrorism. . . . The U.S. may be drawn more frequently into these situations, either alone or with allies, to help provide stability before conditions worsen and are exploited by extremists. The U.S. may also be called upon to undertake stability and reconstruction efforts once a conflict has begun, to avert further disaster and reconstitute a stable environment.31

According to press reports, a secret report prepared by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2004 contained an even grimmer outlook on the dangers of climate change. According to the report, the warming climate could produce famine, widespread riots, millions of homeless migrants, and a decrease in the planet's ability to sustain its current population. The report concluded that global warming is a major national security concern because climate changes will raise issues of survival that will lead many countries into wars with their neighbors. Abrupt warming, the report predicted, could even result in global anarchy—that is, lawlessness, civil disorder, and wars—because nations might use the threat of nuclear weapons to defend and secure dwindling food, water, and energy supplies. If this occurs, the report warned, "disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life. . . . Once again, warfare would define human life."32

The goal, of course, is to prevent such depressing and horrific outcomes from becoming reality. To this end, most military reports on global warming urge that efforts be made to reduce global warming before it is too late. Avoiding resource wars and planet annihilation, these military experts argue, presents one of the most compelling reasons for taking action to reduce greenhouse emissions.

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Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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