Military and security officials warned on Monday that new global rules are urgently needed to combat climate migration and regulate new geoengineering technologies.
Irene Sikorsky, deputy director of the Washington Center for Climate and Security, said: “If there is no coordinated policy on these two issues, the world will face more conflicts without any international resolution mechanism.
“The so-called solar geoengineering technology, in which particles can scatter into the earth’s stratosphere to divert more sunlight away from the heated earth, is particularly worrying,” Sikorsky told Reuters’ Thomson Foundation .
She added in a phone conversation that this issue is increasingly present in conversations with security experts.
In a report released on Monday, experts from the International Military Climate and Security Council (IMCCS) called for faster measures to deal with global warming emissions and greater efforts to deal with the effects of climate change.
The IMCCS warned: “The climate threat is getting worse, which will put pressure on military and security agencies around the world as they are required to respond to the climate crisis.”
They added: “The military’s infrastructure is increasingly exposed to climate-related risks, such as rising sea levels and intensifying storms.”
The IMCCS report stated that from record droughts in the western United States to strong hurricanes and hurricanes around the world, and the increase in Central American immigration associated with storms and crop failures, climate impacts pose a major security risk.
Kate Guy, deputy director of IMCCS, said: “Climate change is no longer a risk for the future. This risk will happen in a few decades, because rising temperatures and climate impacts are already positively affecting the security issues of all countries. .”
Experts pointed out that militaries around the world now agree that climate change is a security risk, but measures to solve the problem through changes in development strategies, diplomacy and international defense agreements have only just begun to emerge.
“The number of measures actually implemented is very small,” IMCCS Secretary-General Shirley Goodman said, adding that “the transition from the concept of climate security to implementation is critical and urgently needed.”
Analysts expressed the hope that at a meeting on June 14th, NATO countries may agree for the first time to continue implementing climate plans aimed at solving key issues.
Sikorsky said: “Although U.S. President Joe Biden advocates climate action, it is time to accept this initiative. Don’t miss this moment.”
She added, “Climate risks are beginning to be incorporated into peacebuilding efforts, the Somali peacekeeping mission has appointed a climate adviser, and the West Africa peace agreement also contains language about climate change.”
Sikorsky said that in preparing for more climate migration, especially the potential uses of geoengineering technology, “we need to encourage the international community to engage in dialogue and reach an agreement.” “Then let’s get started—immediately,” she added. .