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The World's Militaries Aren't Ready for Climate Change

Added 09-22-22 08:34:03am EST - “These days, threats don't just come from other states.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “The World’s Militaries Aren’t Ready for Climate Change”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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As the war in Ukraine continued this summer, with billions of dollars’ worth of military aid pouring into Kyiv from its allies and partners, governments around the world were also busy deploying their militaries to deal with a less conventional threat: climate change.

In Poland, troops disposed of thousands of fish on the banks of the Oder River that had died due to rising water temperatures and pollution. In Mexico, military airplanes tried to spur rain after weeks of drought by seeding clouds with silver iodide and acetone. In Switzerland, the army airlifted water to thirsty livestock in dry mountain pastures. In more than 10 European nations, forces were deployed to fight fires, including in neighboring countries, while in countries as disparate as China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, militaries rescued citizens from unprecedented floods.

At the same time, militaries themselves grappled with the direct impacts of these hazards. For example, a July heat wave melted a British Royal Air Force runway in the United Kingdom and led to wildfires that interrupted training exercises across the country. A U.S. military training facility in Germany went up in flames in August, likely due to drought. Also in August, the U.S. Defense Department warned of flood risks to its personnel and facilities in Seoul as South Korea faced its heaviest rainfall in 80 years.

As the war in Ukraine continued this summer, with billions of dollars’ worth of military aid pouring into Kyiv from its allies and partners, governments around the world were also busy deploying their militaries to deal with a less conventional threat: climate change.

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