Admiral Samuel Locklear, the top US military Pacific commander, says that the biggest Pacific security threat is climate change, not China, or any other international tensions, reports Bryan Bender at the Boston Globe. Climate change will drive long-term security compromises the most, and global diplomacies recognize this threat, the admiral noted. For example, he observed that “We are on super typhoon 27 or 28 this year in the Western Pacific. The average is about 17…You have the real potential here in the not-too-distant future of nations displaced by rising sea level. Certainly, weather patterns are more severe than they have been in the past.” The US military is beginning to coordinate with other military forces internationally to view climate change as the real security threat to nations’ sustainability. Locklear says “We have interjected into our multilateral dialogue — even with China and India — the imperative to kind of get military capabilities aligned [for] when the effects of climate change start to impact these massive populations …If it goes bad, you could have hundreds of thousands or millions of people displaced and then security will start to crumble pretty quickly.”
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