50 Percent Of US Military Bases Report Climate Extremes

The results do not point to specific effects of climate change but do identify particular bases where extreme weather is already reported as a problem. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

About half of U.S. military facilities around the world have experienced climate extremes and threatening weather, according to a new Pentagon survey obtained and published Monday by a climate security think tank.

The survey, which was the first of its kind and was shared with Congress, said about half of the 3,500 sites it contacted reported effects from six key categories of extreme weather, such as storm surge, wildfires and droughts. The study was requested by Congress in 2015 and completed this month.

The nonpartisan Center for Climate and Security posted the full report on its website Monday. It provides a wealth of data and begins to paint a preliminary “picture of assets currently affected by severe weather events ... as well as an indication of assets that may be affected by sea level rise in the future.” The report on the survey was conducted by the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

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