A new study on global warming for the nation's intelligence services makes grim reading. The bottom line, mirroring those of similar studies for the military, goes something like this: Climate change is accelerating, bringing more frequent climate disruptions, with dire implications for international stability and U.S. national security.
The study by the National Research Council concluded that the intelligence agencies are ill-prepared to deal with the myriad consequences of climatic events such as droughts, heat waves and storms that are increasing in number and severity as the atmosphere heats up.
The magnitude of the threat requires a government-wide strategy for responding in multiple ways, possibly militarily, to an array of potential crises in any part of the world, the study emphasized. "National security decision makers do not like surprises and expect the intelligence community to provide sufficient warning" of impending disaster.