Internal changes to a draft Defense Department report de-emphasized the threats climate change poses to military bases and installations, muting or removing references to climate-driven changes in the Arctic and potential risks from rising seas, an unpublished draft obtained by The Washington Post reveals.
|Wave-driven flooding and overwash on Roi-Namur Atoll,|
Republic of the Marshall Islands, where the U.S. military’s
Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site is located.
The earlier version of the document, dated December 2016, contains numerous references to “climate change” that were omitted or altered to “extreme weather” or simply “climate” in the final report, which was submitted to Congress in January 2018. While the phrase “climate change” appears 23 separate times in the draft report, the final version used it just once.
Read the story from The Washington Post - “Pentagon revised Obama-era report to remove risks from climate change.”