Head of U.S. Pacific Command Points to Climate Change as Greatest National Security Threat

by Eliana Johnson

North Korea has scrapped the 1953 armistice with South Korea and the Chinese government seems to have hacked much of Washington, D.C., but the man in charge of America’s Pacific Command says the chief long-term security threat in the region is climate change, according to the Boston Globe

Admiral Samuel Locklear III on Friday warned that global warming may “cripple the security environment”; he also said that whole nations could be displaced by a rising seal-level. 

Locklear’s remarks echo those of Secretary of State John Kerry, who, in his first major foreign policy address at the University of Virginia last month, urged the United States to act in cooperation with other nations to prevent a climate “ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms” and “devastating droughts.”

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