NATO encouraged to address climate risks to its mission in new report

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The Center for Climate and Security releases a new report examining how NATO’s mission will be affected by climate change.

In a new report, the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a policy institute with an Advisory Board of retired senior military officers and national security experts, applauds NATO’s attention to climate change while offering recommendations for how the Alliance can more thoroughly address climate-related risks to the NATO mission. The report, titled The Alliance in a Changing Climate: Bolstering the NATO Mission Through Climate Preparedness arrives ahead of the North Atlantic Council meeting on May 24th-25th.

The report looks at the impact of climate change on NATO’s operating environment:

“Climate change will adversely affect the future security environment and intersect with core NATO activities. It has the potential to change the context in which NATO operates dramatically, and will create risks that increase in both likelihood and severity. With so much potential for disruption, climate change should be treated as a strategic concern for the Alliance – a threat multiplier of existing risks to NATO, including on its eastern and southern borders.”