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Climate Change Could Push and Intensify Global Terrorism – Pentagon

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | March 12, 2014 12:29 PM EST

Concerns related to climate change, if continued to be attended, could push and intensify global terrorism movements, according to the 2014 version of Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR) released by the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Workers arrange sacks of rice at a warehouse of the National Food Authority in Taguig, Metro Manila March 11, 2014. Overall rice stocks in the Philippines fell to their lowest in four months in February, data showed on Monday, increasing pressure on Manila to import more of the national staple. The country has been expected to ship in more rice to boost supply as it battles local prices that have risen for seven straight weeks, with speculation rife on the timing and size of any tender. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The review said "poverty, environmental degradation, political instability and social tensions" will enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence to rise as global warming accelerates.

"The impacts of climate change may increase the frequency, scale, and complexity of future missions, including defense support to civil authorities, while at the same time undermining the capacity of our domestic installations to support training activities," the 64-page report noted.

"Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating."

The severing global temperatures have the ability to "devastate homes, land, and infrastructure." Moreover, it may "exacerbate water scarcity and lead to sharp increases in food costs."

If these happen, global citizens, particularly those coming from the poorer regions and nations will become in despair as climate change impacts could lead to "resource competition," thus possibly leading to "terrorist activity."

"The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world," the report said.

But while the Pentagon said it "will employ creative ways to address the impact of climate change," it was hardly explicit to list suggestions how to address or manage the impending scenario.

The only commitment it stated was that "our actions to increase energy and water security, including investments in energy efficiency, new technologies, and renewable energy sources, will increase the resiliency of our installations and help mitigate these effects."

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Workers arrange sacks of rice at a warehouse of the National Food Authority in Taguig, Metro Manila March 11, 2014. Overall rice stocks in the Philippines fell to their lowest in four months in February, data showed on Monday, increasing pressure on Manila to import more of the national staple. The country has been expected to ship in more rice to boost supply as it battles local prices that have risen for seven straight weeks, with speculation rife on the timing and size of any tender. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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