To What Extent is Climate Change Now a Threat to International Security?

Both senior policymakers and general publics have concluded that climate change now poses a threat to international security. But just how real is this perceived threat? And does it follow that bodies such as the UN Security Council should focus on the problem, or are there other agencies and organizations that are better suited for the task? The United States military, for example, is already using data-specific satellites to determine how climate change might impact its future operations, especially in those regions that are most vulnerable to large-scale environmental disruptions.

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