Climate security: a growing military concern that policymakers should heed

AsiaGlobal Online

By Rachel Fleshman, Shiloh Fetzek, Andrea Rezzonico, and Sarang Shidore


Climate security and the military dimension

By altering the security environment in significant ways, climate change also poses challenges for militaries. Extreme weather can hamper operational readiness by damaging military ports, airports, infrastructure and equipment. It can also impair the physical ability of soldiers, sailors and air-service members to perform their duties.


South Asia and Southeast Asia: Variable but connected climate security threats

South and Southeast Asia each face a variable mix of climate security threats, which interact with and exacerbate one another in a multitude of ways. South Asia’s extreme urban density and poverty levels render many population centers highly vulnerable to the first-order impact of storms, floods and heatwaves.


Climate impact and vulnerabilities in South Asia 

The overlay of climate hotspots on top of existing security flashpoints in South Asia creates climate security risks of unique concern. These risks are both mappable and addressable, however.


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