The Pentagon removed 23 climate change references from a report on military risk

May 10, 2018 by  
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Internal documents from the Pentagon reveal a notable de-emphasis on climate change as a national security threat, seemingly to accommodate a president who does not believe in climate change itself. As revealed by the Washington Post , earlier Obama-era drafts of a Defense Department report referenced climate change 23 times; the Trump-era version mentions climate change only once, with previous references removed or changed to more Trump-palatable phrases such as “extreme weather.” Though the Pentagon continues to treat climate change as a potentially destabilizing threat to national security, it seems poised to avoid political battles on what has become a partisan issue. The Washington Post was not able to verify who made the changes to the report, and the Department of Defense would not comment on that issue. “As highlighted in the report, the effects of climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to missions, operational plans, and installations,” Pentagon spokesperson Heather Babb said in a statement . “DOD continues to focus on ensuring its installations and infrastructure are resilient to a wide range of threats, including climate. The Department has a proven record of planning and preparing for such threats.” Related: Hawaii just set the most ambitious climate goal of any US state: carbon neutral by 2045 While the Trump-era version of the report still reaches the conclusion that extreme weather poses a national security threat, it does not address sea-level rise as directly as the Obama -era version. This problem is particularly pertinent for the US military, whose bases in Norfolk, Virginia and the Marshall Islands are at risk of flooding as sea levels increase. A map that revealed locations which face heightened flood risk was also removed. “The wordsmithing, not saying ‘climate,’ I could live with that,” Dennis McGinn, a former Obama Administration assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment and retired Navy vice admiral, told the Washington Post . “But taking out … maps of critical areas of flooding, that’s pretty fundamental. And the Arctic , that’s huge, for a lot of reasons, not just for Department of Defense, but for the Coast Guard, and commercial shipping business.” Via The Washington Post Images via Depositphotos (1)

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O2 Studio renovated an old Netherlands home into a gorgeous energy-neutral villa

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In the Netherlands, an old home dating back to the 1960s has been given an energy-neutral makeover, and the results are stunning. At the request of the owners,  O2 Studio revamped the home into an energy-efficient powerhouse . In addition to using passive strategies, like adding more windows and skylights to let in optimal natural light, O2 Studio installed an innovative hybrid system of PV panels and geothermal heat to generate clean energy. Located in Bunnik, near Utrech, the family home is a great example of how to renovate an old structure using sustainable materials and energy-efficient features to bring it into the 21st century. The architects decided to retain the original layout of the structure, but wanted to flood its interior with as much light as possible. Thanks to several windows and a skylight, the house is naturally lit throughout the day, reducing energy use and costs. The home’s self-sustaining energy system takes advantage of both geothermal heating and solar power  through a roof-mounted PV array. Related: Kumar residence is an energy-efficient, zinc-clad renovation in San Francisco On the interior, a new glass staircase leading to the upper floor was installed to enhance the home’s open floor plan. The ground floor of the home was extended to make space for an open kitchen and seating area, which leads to the outside through extremely large glass sliding doors — again, bringing in natural light wherever possible. The kitchen and dining area was placed 50 centimeters lower than the entrance level — a strategic design tactic that seamlessly connects the inside of the villa with the outdoor garden and a beautiful river nearby. In fact, the home is surrounded by greenery , giving it a contemporary cabin-in-the-woods feel. + O2 Studio Photography by Ossip via O2 Studio    

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Al Gore reaches out to work with Donald Trump on climate change

November 14, 2016 by  
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Former Vice President Al Gore picked himself up after his controversial presidential election loss to George W. Bush in 2000 and became an internationally respected champion for the climate. But convincing President-elect Donald Trump of the urgent need to act on the climate crisis could be Gore’s greatest challenge yet. Gore is extending an olive branch to Trump and pledging to do everything he can to “work with him and his administration to ensure that our nation remains a leader in the global effort to meet this challenge.” Many in the environmental community are in despair about the prospect of a Trump presidency. Trump has promised to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, scrap President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Action Plan, roll back environmental regulations and increase dirty energy. Despite all the doom and gloom, Gore is staying upbeat. “President-elect Trump said he wanted to be a president for all Americans,” Gore wrote. “In that spirit, I hope that he will work with the overwhelming majority of us who believe that the climate crisis is the greatest threat we face as a nation.” Related: What Trump’s victory means for the environment (it’s not good) Gore isn’t the only climate activist who plans to work on persuading Trump to take climate action. The Independent reports that the Sierra Club and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) are preparing campaigns to change Trump’s views, which are currently dismissive of the imminent threat global warming poses to human civilization and the natural world. Dr. Rush Holt, chief executive of the AAAS, told The Independent that the financial costs of doing nothing on climate could perhaps convince Trump to reconsider pulling out of the Paris climate deal , saying that “maybe he [Trump] would respond to arguments of dollars and cents.” But every indication so far is that Trump is going to be a disaster for global efforts to mitigate climate change. Not only does Trump want to exit from the Paris climate agreement signed by nearly 200 nations that went into force earlier this month, but fossil fuel executives and climate skeptics are set to take key roles in his administration. Trump has tapped climate denier Myron Ebell to oversee the the Environmental Protection Agency transition (Trump has stated that he wants to abolish the EPA) and is considering Sarah Palin, a vocal proponent of oil and gas drilling, and Forrest Lucas, co-founder of oil products firm Lucas Oil, for interior secretary. Related: Trump taps climate denier, fossil fuels advocate as energy adviser If Gore isn’t successful at convincing Trump of the catastrophic consequences of climate inaction, perhaps the Pentagon can get through to our next commander in chief. The US military calls climate change a “threat multiplier” and is integrating climate change into its national defense strategies. The Pentagon is prioritizing climate change partly because of concerns that it could create conditions that foster extremism and terrorism – an issue that Trump said he wants to address. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in the forward to the Pentagon’s 2014 climate report that “while scientists are converging toward consensus on future climate projections, uncertainty remains. But this cannot be an excuse for delaying action.” Via The Washington Post Images via Wikimedia

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Joel Makower and Puck Mykleby on a new "grand strategy" for resilience

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A story about the inception of a new grand strategy for the U.S., born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative and as the underpinning for an economic revival in America — one that can make us economically stronger, more secure and resilient and improve our standing in the world.

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The Path to Prosperity, Security and Sustainability

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Hawaii’s leadership in renewable energy is at the forefront of a larger vision, born at the Pentagon, that embeds sustainability as a strategic national imperative.

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