"The National Intelligence Council, which produces government-wide intelligence analyses, finished the first assessment of the national security implications of climate change just last year.
It concluded that climate change by itself would have significant geopolitical impacts around the world and would contribute to a host of problems, including poverty, environmental degradation and the weakening of national governments.
The assessment warned that the storms, droughts and food shortages that might result from a warming planet in coming decades would create numerous relief emergencies."
"In coming decades...." Dumb shits, it is here now and has been for years.
It is 1972 and the scene is a Pizza Hut in Southern California adjacent to a State University six geographers, three of whom are Nam vets, are eating pizza and drinking 7 Up-wine coolers by the pitcher every Friday afternoon. Climate change, global warming, snow blitz, population shifts, dust-bowls, and California's stupidity of a half ass-ed water plan and anti-gravity building codes where fire and water have to be was the weekly seminar. Were we prescient? super smart? wise? Hell no, we were educated and used to hard calls in an insane political climate.
Thing was, we were looking 50 years down the line and nobody gave a damn. What we wanted were good paying jobs, a comfortable life with lots of love and affection, and not to go back to war-ever. Well 50 years wasn't long enough. What we thought we saw in 50 years started up a decade ago and is still going on at increasing speed.
"The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say. The conflict in southern Sudan, which has killed and displaced tens of thousands of people, is partly a result of drought in Darfur. "