Climate Change Forcing Military to Reconsider Its Priorities, Top Officials Say

This article discusses how Climate Change is forcing the military to reconsider its priorities. Recent devastating storms in North Carolina have prompted the Navy and Marine Corps to review how it manages its most critical resources, according to two officials tapped to lead those services.

THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE change have forced top officials within the Navy and Marine Corps to reconsider how they manage their most critical resources and facilities, despite an apparent Defense Department-wide shift away from viewing the issue as critical for national security.

“The two biggest challenges are the rising water levels and severe storms that roll up the coast and through our bases and stations,” Marine Lt. Gen. David Berger, tapped to become the corps’ next top officer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, when asked about the effects of climate change.

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