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America’s national security leaders agree that climate change is a threat to national security, because it will affect global stability and humanitarian crises around the world. However, American policymakers often overlook that the U.S. should lead in climate change adaptation and mitigation because the U.S. homeland is directly threatened by climate change as well.
Climate change will harm America’s infrastructure, agriculture, economy and population; these directly affect America’s homeland and the security of its citizens.
Our country is large and the consequences of warming will vary dramatically across regions and sectors.
Despite the variations in its effects, we must understand its impact on homeland security.