Climate & National Security: Supporting COP26 Goals

Climate & National Security: Supporting COP26 Goals

Populations around the world are experiencing the tangible effects of climate change as a “threat multiplier” with increasing frequency. Both shocks and stresses of climate events are on the rise, with a recent report from a UN panel of experts calling the situation a “code red for humanity” and underscoring that climate change “is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and some trends are now irreversible.” In this context, the stakes – and expectations – were necessarily high for global leaders at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Glasgow (COP26). Progress was made, but more must be done to address climate change and its exacerbating risks to national security, economic prosperity, and social and environmental justice.

By Alexandra (Xander) Meise, Senior Climate Fellow, Truman Center for National Policy.

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