Listening to politicians talk about climate change can give you whiplash. All the major Democratic presidential candidates call it an existential threat, while President Trump has described it as a hoax. But in a new book, national security scholar Michael Klare spotlights a third approach that might bridge this gap.

It comes from a surprising source: U.S. military leaders, who have to factor climate change into their worldwide operating plans. Rather than debating whether or why climate change is happening, Klare writes, military planners “focus on how warming undermines security, and on practical steps to slow its advance and minimize damage.” It’s a no-nonsense view that prioritizes responses, not causes, he explains.

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A soldier stands guard at the damaged entrance to Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida, Oct. 11, 2018, after Hurricane Michael. AP Photo/David Goldman

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Michael Klare, Hampshire College

US military leaders have to plan for operations all over the world, so they can't afford to ignore climate change or debate its causes.


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