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Sequoia National Forest, Sep. 21, 2021 (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The Biden administration released several documents last year related to the impact of climate change on national security. This year, it’s time to start actually changing how agencies do business and begin integrating climate considerations into national security practices, according to a report by Brigitte Hugh, program assistant at the Center for Climate and Security, and Erin Sikorsky, director of the center.

  • Hugh said the national security community must reevaluate its idea of what a climate disaster entails, as weather events that used to be considered extreme are now commonplace.
  • She said intelligence agencies and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) should consider how climate change, along with political and economic developments, will affect each of its regional analysis cohorts.
  • She recommended the U.S. increase information sharing and collaboration with NATO partners and hire climate experts at national security agencies to institutionalize climate strategies.

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