Climate change is top threat, says US Navy commander

Julia Whitty at Mother Jones recently had a great piece about how the US Navy is responding to climate change. This week, she reports that Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the US Pacific Command, told a group of scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities that the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region is climate change.

The Boston Globe reports:

America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.

It's helpful when leaders like this speak out about the real threat climate change poses to national and global security. We need more Climate Hawks to do the same.

Tags: Asia | Australia | Global Climate Change