Austin called the climate crisis “very unsettling” for the world. He pointed to the melting ice in the Arctic. According to the minister, this leads to increased competition for raw materials. He said the extreme weather conditions had also caused billions of damage to U.S. military installations in recent years.
In other parts of the world, according to Austin, millions of people are threatened by drought and famine. Mass migration of people fleeing the effects of climate change could undermine global stability, the minister warned. Refugees run the risk of being exploited or radicalized.
“From coast to coast and around the world, the climate crisis has caused significant damage and put people at risk,” Austin said. “And that makes it more difficult for us to carry out our mission of defending the United States and our allies.”
President Biden already presented an ambitious climate plan on Thursday. He wants to halve his country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels. The Democrat urged dozens of world leaders at his climate summit to take bigger action as well. .
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