Cli­mate change to test se­cu­rity

The New Zealand Herald - - News - — Ja­son Walls

Cli­mate change has been iden­ti­fied as one of the “most sig­nif­i­cant se­cu­rity threats of our time”, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by the Min­istry of De­fence.

It said cli­mate change was “al­ready hav­ing ad­verse im­pacts both at home and in New Zealand’s neigh­bour­hood”.

“In the com­ing decades, the im­pacts of cli­mate change will con­tinue to test the se­cu­rity and re­silience of our com­mu­nity, our na­tion and the world, in­clud­ing the South Pa­cific,” the Cli­mate Cri­sis: De­fence Readi­ness and

Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­port said.

“Some of the largest tem­per­a­ture changes will oc­cur be­tween New Zealand and the equa­tor and the risk of con­cur­rent and more in­tense ex­treme weather events is in­creas­ing.”

The as­sess­ment iden­ti­fied se­cu­rity im­pacts which may arise as a re­sult of cli­mate change. They in­cluded vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions los­ing their eco­nomic liveli­hoods, in­creased food and wa­ter scarcity, mal­nu­tri­tion, cli­mate mi­gra­tion, health-re­lated crises, com­pe­ti­tion for re­sources, land dis­putes and the po­ten­tial for in­creased vi­o­lence. “The ef­fects of cli­mate change will chal­lenge NZ De­fence, in terms of re­spond­ing to more fre­quent and more in­tense events in our re­gion,” De­fence Min­is­ter Ron Mark said.

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