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Domino Effect of Climate Change

February 20, 2010


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TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2009) – Climate change is a challenge for all the world’s nations, bringing rising sea levels and natural disasters to parts of the globe that lead to crop failures, famine and a struggle over scarce resources. Experts say that when if the world stays on its current course, the domino effect of climate change will lead to political instability, armed conflict and national security issues even for better-positioned nations.

Climate change, experts warn, doesn’t just mean that the world will get hotter, but tensions between people will too.

The dire warning – and the call for nations to address the threat multipliers caused by climate change – took center stage Monday at the University of South Florida in a forum organized by the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate. The forum featuring former Sens. John Warner (R-Virginia) and Bob Graham, (D-Tampa), retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn and USF Professor Thomas Crisman is part of a national series of discussions organized by Pew which brings leading national political, military and academic thinkers together in a call for action.


We have major associations between climate and collapsed societies,” said Crisman, who has researched climate change and water issues both in Florida and internationally during a more than 30-year career. “If you have collapsed societies, you are going to have to fix them militarily one way or the other.”

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