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Nov 09, 2012

War and Warming

Storm warning iStock_000013558332XSmall arcady_31Just in case you recoil at the thought of curling up with Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis, the 280-page report issued today by the National Academy of Sciences at the behest of U.S. intelligence agencies, the New York Times’ Andrew Revkin offers a nice summary, including: “The country lacks the capacity to clarify what lies ahead as greenhouse heating continues, so gird for surprises.” Among the report’s recommendations: “The U.S. government should begin immediately to develop a systematic and enduring whole-of-government strategy for monitoring threats connected to climate change.”

Huffington Post reports the ominous irony that release of the report, the culmination of an 18-month investigation, was delayed by Hurricane Sandy.

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HS_ReedMcManusReed McManus is a senior editor at Sierra. He has worked on the magazine since Ronald Reagan’s second term. For inspiration, he turns to cartoonist R. Crumb’s Mr. Natural, who famously noted: “Twas ever thus.”

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