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Eco concerns rise as US Navy disbands Climate Change Task Force

THE US Navy has disbanded Task Force Climate Change Arctic patrols, the decade-long watch for environmental change treated as a threat to national security in the Obama era, reports Anchorage, Alaska's Arctic Today

Eco concerns rise as US Navy disbands Climate Change Task Force

THE US Navy has disbanded Task Force Climate Change Arctic patrols, the decade-long watch for environmental change treated as a threat to national security in the Obama era, reports Anchorage, Alaska's Arctic Today

15 September 2019 - 19:00

THE US Navy has disbanded Task Force Climate Change Arctic patrols, the decade-long watch for environmental change treated as a threat to national security in the Obama era, reports Anchorage, Alaska's Arctic Today.

The task force that began in 2009 ended in March without public report. The final document issued by the task force was the navy's strategic outlook on the Arctic, released in January.



In May, Admiral John Richardson, who retired in August, then the chief of naval operations, said that climate change was creating new potential security threats and hazards to military infrastructure.



'The navy had already decided quite a while ago to give much lower priority to these matters,' said Sherri Goodman, a senior fellow at the Wilson Centre and a former US deputy undersecretary of defence.


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