DoD Releases Strategic Sustainability Plan (IE plan for Climate Change
Climate Change does exist according to the US military:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 – The Defense Department released a plan today intended to mitigate the effects of climate change on military operations and national security in what officials describe as a comprehensive framework for action through 2020 that calls for using resources more efficiently and acquiring more energy from renewable sources.
The Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan details DoD’s goals for taking sensible and measured steps to mitigate the risk on operations posed by such climate change effects as flooding, surging sea levels, severe weather and extreme temperatures, by “managing the unavoidable and preparing for the possible,” officials said in announcing the plan’s release.
Hagel has highlighted the Hampton Roads area in Virginia — home to the largest concentration of U.S. military sites in the world — as one area under threat. “We see recurrent flooding today, and we are beginning to work to address a projected sea level rise of 1.5 feet over the next 20 to 50 years,” he said in releasing the department’s 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap earlier this year.
Conger said this is one example that shows the department is going to have to adjust to accommodate environmental change. “There are projections that we have out to 30 years where we’re looking at a foot or two feet of sea level rises in that particular area,” he said. “That will affect some of our infrastructure, but it’s not going to make the base useless.”
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