UN climate treaty vital for global security, warns senior NATO official

Militaries could find themselves overwhelmed by the scale of natural disasters if a global agreement to tackle climate change is not reached in Paris next year, says senior NATO official Jamie Shea.

In an interview with the news and analysis website, Responding to Climate Change (RTCC, which focuses on providing the latest updates and insight into global low carbon developments), Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, said projected temperature rises above and beyond 2C were alarming the global security community.

Further global warming had the potential to exacerbate what he termed the “development-terrorism nexus”, encouraging Al Qaeda and other terror groups, as well as placing extreme stress on military efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to areas affected by drought, flooding or storms.
 
Read the full article on the RTCC website here.