DROP ZONE: Climate Change and the Impact on Operations

“In Human Geography, range of social, economic, environmental, and political pressures will push states past the breaking point, spilling over borders, and creating wide-ranging international problems.” – Joint Operating Environment: 2035

Next week in “Climate Change, Multi-Domain Risk, and the Complexity of Interagency Science Policy” OTH Senior Editor Mark Nexon interviews Dr. April Melvin, an Associate Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences and a former Science Policy Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, about the science behind climate change and its potential impacts on the human domain and the national security community.

[What keeps me up at night is]“The inability of the scientific community, in the face of so much scientific evidence of climate change, to sway elected policymakers to address the risks climate change poses to the human race.” – Dr. April Melvin, PhD, Biogeochemistry

Rising global temperatures, risings seas, ocean acidification, heat stress, and reduced crop yields may contribute to rise of what the Joint Operating Environment: 2035 considers “shattered states” and resultant global instability. Dr. Melvin details her views on the scientific consensus behind climate science and why the scientific community is confident climate change is real and already impacting parts of the world.


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