About half of more than 3,500 military facilities worldwide — including installations and associated sites — experienced impacts from six categories of climate change-related risks, according to a new DOD survey. The highest number of reported impacts resulted from drought, 782 sites, followed closely by wind, 763 sites, and non-storm-surge-related flooding, 706 sites. Reported impacts included those affecting facilities in surrounding communities that provide support services to the installation.
The Center for Climate and Security (CCS) posted the report on its website, reported the Washington Examiner. The department could use the qualitative survey to guide a new assessment of its facilities’ vulnerability to climate change mandated in the FY 2018 defense authorization bill. “If there are increases in climate change, this sort of points them in the right direction,” said John Conger, a senior policy adviser with CCS.
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