So when I first heard that the Pentagon listed global climate change as immediate risk to national security I thought, "finally, they get it". This is a global problem with global implications even for rich countries like the United States. Below is a quote from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel:
“But the challenge of global climate change, while not new to history, is new to the modern world. Climate change does not directly cause conflict, but it can significantly add to the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. Food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, more severe natural disasters – all place additional burdens on economies, societies, and institutions around the world.”
- Secretary Hagel
This is coming from a guy that opposed the Kyoto protocol; I guess we're all wrong sometimes.