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Environmental security heats up

"We are not your traditional environmentalists,? General Gordon Sullivan (USA, Ret.), former U.S. Army chief of staff, wryly told reporters as he presented the Center for Naval Analysis? (CNA) report National Security and the Threat of Climate Change in April 2007 (Eskew, 2007). Arguing for more aggressive U.S. action on climate change, Sullivan said the incomplete scientific understanding of global warming was no excuse for delay. Military leaders make battlefield decisions based on partial information all the time?otherwise, more lives would be lost. Penned by Sullivan and 10 other former U.S. generals and admirals, the launch of the CNA report is but one event that marked the return of environmental security to the world stage in 2007 and 2008.

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Author(s)Geoffrey D. Dabelko
PublisherWoodrow Wilson Center
Place publishedWashington, D.C.
Date / Journal Vol No.2008-2009 / ESCP Report, Issue 13



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