U.S. Senators eye spies for new phase in climate-change battle

Thu, 2007-03-29 11:12Bill Miller
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U.S. Senators eye spies for new phase in climate-change battle

The Global Climate Change Security Oversight bill, tabled jointly by Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin and Chuck Hagel, Republican from Nebraska, calls for a strategic estimate of risks due to climate change for countries or regions of particular economic or military significance to the United States.

The bill would require a National Intelligence Estimate of security threats due to climate change. These estimates distill the best information and thinking of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies into a series of key judgments about national security threats and other issues. The legislation would assess political, social, agricultural, and economic challenges and impacts for countries over the next 30 years.

It also funds additional research by the Department of Defense to examine the impact of climate change on military operations.

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A study published by Geophysical Research Letters sheds new light on the connection between California's epic drought and human-induced climate change.

The study carries the decidedly wonky title, “Probable causes of the abnormal ridge accompanying the 2013-14 California drought: ENSO precursor and anthropogenic warming footprint.”

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