Ensuring Resiliency of Military Installations and Operations in Response to Climate Changes, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Readiness of the Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, March 13, 2019 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the March 13, 2019 hearing "Ensuring Resiliency of Military Installations and Operations in Response to Climate Changes" held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Readiness of the Committee on Armed Services. From the Opening Statement of John Garamendi: "Is the U.S. military ready for climate change? Recent events indicate considerable doubt. [...] To ensure that it can perform its national defense mandate, the Department of Defense must plan for a variety of exigencies. In the 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, the Department noted that rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels, and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability and hunger and poverty and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic diseases, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions around the globe. Not only are these climate-related events impacting installation readiness, they are also creating more frequent requests for the military's support for disaster relief and humanitarian assistance. Both Active Duty service members and National Guard personnel are increasingly responding to assist communities impacted by these events. Think Puerto Rico. Climate change represents a myriad of readiness challenges both at home and abroad. It is not only a future threat; it is impacting resiliency of our installations and operations today. The Department must act now to address these challenges." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Sharon E. Burke, Nicolas Loris, and David W. Titley.
H.A.S.C. No. 116-15; House Armed Services Committee No. 116-15
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