The rise in temperatures and sea level will cause great global instability, according to documents issued on Thursday by the departments of Homeland Security and Defense as well as the National Security Council and director of national intelligence.
The Pentagon, for example, warned that shortages of food and drinking water could cause riots, while competition for fish, minerals and other natural resources will ramp up.
Another report warned that tens of millions of people are likely to be displaced by 2050 due to climate change, including 143 million residents in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Those predictions come as President Joe Biden prepares to attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, in 10 days.
At this time, Joe Biden’s major project to mitigate the effects of climate crisis is stalled in Congress due to divisions within his own Democratic Party, with little progress to show to the international community.
The White House said in a statement Thursday that the warnings will serve as the basis for work in that area.
Knowing that climate change is a threat to national security is not new, since the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017) already spoke in those terms, recalled The New York Times.