All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change

All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change

by Michael T. Klare

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Overview

All Hell Breaking Loose is an eye-opening examination of climate change from the perspective of the U.S. military.

The Pentagon, unsentimental and politically conservative, might not seem likely to be worried about climate change—still linked, for many people, with polar bears and coral reefs. Yet of all the major institutions in American society, none take climate change as seriously as the U.S. military. Both as participants in climate-triggered conflicts abroad, and as first responders to hurricanes and other disasters on American soil, the armed services are already confronting the impacts of global warming. The military now regards climate change as one of the top threats to American national security—and is busy developing strategies to cope with it.

Drawing on previously obscure reports and government documents, renowned security expert Michael Klare shows that the U.S. military sees the climate threat as imperiling the country on several fronts at once. Droughts and food shortages are stoking conflicts in ethnically divided nations, with “climate refugees” producing worldwide havoc. Pandemics and other humanitarian disasters will increasingly require extensive military involvement. The melting Arctic is creating new seaways to defend. And rising seas threaten American cities and military bases themselves.

While others still debate the causes of global warming, the Pentagon is intensely focused on its effects. Its response makes it clear that where it counts, the immense impact of climate change is not in doubt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627792493
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 356,221
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Michael Klare is the author of over fifteen books, including Resource Wars and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. A contributor to Current History, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense correspondent for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Michael T. Klare is the author of more than fifteen books, including Resource Wars and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. A contributor to Current History, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense correspondent for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A World Besieged
The Climate Threat to American National Security

2. Humanitarian Emergencies
Climate Disasters, Civil Disorder, and U.S. Military Relief Operations

3. States on the Brink
Resource Scarcity, Ethnic Strife, and Government Collapse

4. Global Shock Waves
Food Shortages, Energy Crises, Pandemics, and Mass Migrations

5. Great-Power Clashes
The Melting Arctic and Other Conflict Zones

6. The Homeland at Risk
Domestic Climate Disasters and the Military’s Strategic Predicament

7. No Safe Harbors
The Climate Change Threat to American Military Facilities

8. Going Green
The Pentagon as Change Agent

Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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