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Security Implications of Social Stress from Climate Change (2012)

Evidence of global climate change beyond the bounds of past experience has raised expectations of new stresses on societies around the world. A new report, Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis focuses on the U.S. security risks that might arise when climate-related events—including droughts, heat waves, and storms—exceed the capacity of affected populations to cope and respond.

The report, produced by the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Change and Society evaluates the evidence on climate-security connections, develops a conceptual framework, and develops conclusions and recommendations regarding what should be monitored by the intelligence community over the coming decade to anticipate security threats.

Read more in this Report in Brief.

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