If organizations such as the Department of Defense & the Central Intelligence Agency have concerns related to Climate Change, shouldn’t all of us be concerned?

As this article from Nebraskans for Peace points out, a specially commissioned Pentagon report from 2003 warned that rapid climate change could “potentially destabilize the geo-political environment, leading to skirmishes, battles, and even war” over scarce food, water and energy supplies.

The Department of Defense has also warned that “the effects of climate change on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) installations are becoming increasingly significant and have the potential to impact the military mission. Installations across the country require diverse landscapes with healthy ecosystems to successfully contribute to core training missions and ensure military readiness.”

The Defense Science Board has made similar statements in their 2011 report, stating “Climate change effects on water availability, food production, health, and local and regional economies can be particularly severe where living conditions, food supplies, health, and governance are fragile. Thus, climate change can be thought of as both an exacerbating factor intensifying existing resource and security problems and as a catalyst creating new environment and resource challenges.”

The CIA is even investigating how humans can control the weather in aid of halting climate change. Scientists will examine a range of techniques, including solar radiation management (SRM) as the means of achieving this. SRM involves launching material into Earth’s atmosphere in order to try and block the sun’s infrared radiation and limit global temperature rise. Also, the researchers will investigate capturing carbon emissions from the air.

Given organizations such as these are so concerned about the effects of Climate Change, shouldn’t we all be actively taking steps to mitigate the effects ourselves? Clean Energy Pathways is doing what it can to help in the global effort. Talk to us today to see how we can help your business lower emissions and make a difference!

For more information, have a look at the following links:

http://climateandsecurity.org/2012/01/25/defense-science-board-report-on-climate-change-and-security-list-of-recommendations/

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/07/01/01greenwire-energy-concerns-could-make-panetta-first-green-96332.html?pagewanted=all

http://www.hdrinc.com/sites/all/files/content/white-papers/white-paper-images/4255-dod-climate-change-mitigation-and-adaptations.pdf

http://www.cnas.org/files/documents/publications/QDR&ClimateChange_Parthemore_Rogers_Jan2010_code406_workingpaper_2.pdf

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2013/09/mil-130909-nns04.htm

http://phys.org/news/2013-06-nrel-teams-navy-private-industry.html

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/04/24/epa-recognizes-air-force-renewable-energy-efforts.html

http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/c/downloads/316580.pdf

http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/energy/

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/05/21/u-s-military-seeks-to-reduce-energy-costs-and-carbon-footprint-through-aggressive-push-into-renewable-energy.html

http://www.asaie.army.mil/Public/ES/oei/

Why should people care about reducing their carbon footprints?

By burning coal, oil, and many other types of petroleum products to generate electricity and heat for our businesses and homes, humans are causing the carbon dioxide levels in the very air we all breath to increase sharply. This is causing many adverse reactions to occur with environmental systems around the world that we ALL depend on to survive. Here are just a few of the negative impacts increasing carbon levels in our atmosphere are causing:

As Carbon dioxide levels increase in our atmosphere, the diffusion rate of carbon dioxide into the worlds oceans, rivers, lakes, and ponds increases as well. When this carbon dioxide dissolves in the water, Carbonic acid is formed. The problem is that this increasing carbonic acid level in the worlds surface waters is literally dissolving the shells of many marine creatures such as mollusks (clams, oysters, scallops, etc.) and it is also starting to literally dissolve some of the worlds most productive reef systems. This, of course, has many negative ramifications for humans and many other forms of life that depend on marine systems for food.

Here are some recent articles that further highlight this problem:

http://apps.seattletimes.com/reports/sea-change/2013/sep/11/pacific-ocean-perilous-turn-overview/

http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Ocean%20Advocates

Carbon Dioxide is a wonderful greenhouse gas. As Carbon dioxide levels increase in our atmosphere, it prevents more and more heat originating from the sun from escaping into space. Thus Planet Earth’s average temperature IS slowly rising, causing the polar ice caps to melt (as well as glaciers and other forms of ice). This in turn is causing the worlds oceans to slowly rise, which is slowly causing the displacement of millions of people around the world, not to mention all of the native ecosystems that are slowly being submerged forever.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10142616/Rising-seas-washing-away-Pacific-leaders-home-island.html

http://earthjustice.org/blog/2013-october/what-it-means-to-live-by-a-carbon-budget?utm_source=Convio

http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v3/n9/full/nclimate1979.html

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/flood-insurance-sea-level-rise.html

http://blog.nwf.org/2013/10/dwindling-arctic-sea-ice-forces-10000-walruses-ashore/

Weather patterns are shifting, causing a record number of storms with increasing severity around the world.

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/extreme-weather-climate-change.html

Pests that used to be kept in check by persistent cold spells in the temperate parts of the world are now increasing in number and causing unprecidented damage to a number of environmental systems.

http://news.yahoo.com/report-warming-bringing-big-changes-forests-214544590.html

Isn’t it time for humans around the world to switch to carbon neutral energy sources and become as electrically efficient as possible before it is too late?

http://ucsusa.org/global_warming/

http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/climate-change-and-your-health.html