For US, Climate Change is a Military Problem

The state seal of the Russian Federation sits on top of a red and green post marking the Arctic border of the Russian Federation beside the Barents Sea on Alexandra Island in the Franz Josef Land archipelago, Russia, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Instead of waiting for global shippers to make a port of call, Russia is domesticating the transpolar conduit that could slash up to 12 days of travel time between Europe and Asia when its open four-and-a-half months each year. Photographer: Anna Andrianova/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The US military has its hands full at the moment with a vicious war in Ukraine and US-China tensions over issues from human rights to sovereignty over the South China Sea. But it cannot delay taking action to address climate change, the most persistent strategic threat we face.

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