The Defense Department has published a report that examines climate change’s impact on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions, infrastructure and security cooperation efforts of U.S. combatant commands worldwide.
DoD said Wednesday it conducted the “National Security Implications of Climate Change” study following a request from the Senate Appropriations Committee and the department on Tuesday submitted its findings to Congress.
The report forecasts that global climate change will heighten environmental degradation, poverty, social tensions, ineffectual leadership and regional stability issues in multiple countries.
According to the department, combatant commands are working to integrate climate-related risk mitigation strategies into the mission planning process.
The agency added in the report that it is working with other U.S. government organizations, partner nations and companies to manage the impact of climatic variations on global security.