Climate change to test security
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.