Ideas

The Pentagon’s Chance to Get Serious About Climate Change

Biden’s executive order is a welcome first step — but there's only so much the military can do.

Ideas

The Risk of John Kerry Following His Own China Policy

Any progress on climate change will be lost if the frame is one of a grand bargain with Beijing.

Ideas

How Biden and Kerry Could Rebuild America’s Global Climate Leadership

Kerry’s decades of experience and the international relationships he developed as a senator and secretary of state may give him a chance.

Ideas

What Would a Climate-Focused DoD Budget Look Like?

It’d be less about what we spend and more about how we spend the money we already have.

Ideas

The United States Has Become a Disaster Area

Hurricanes in the Gulf, fires in the West, the coronavirus everywhere—the country is a mess.

Ideas

The US Is on the Path to Destruction

Climate change is killing Americans and destroying the country’s physical infrastructure.

Ideas

Trump Isn’t a Climate Denier. He’s Worse.

Leaving the Paris Agreement and other efforts to slow the globe's transition from fossil fuels will ultimately undermine U.S. power.

Ideas

Protecting US Bases Increasingly Requires Hardening Civilian Infrastructure

Congress needs to fund its Defense Community Infrastructure Program, and the military needs to think beyond its gates.

Ideas

How Climate Change Will Help China And Russia Wage Hybrid War

Increased refugee flows, weather threats, and declining food security will deepen tensions already being exploited to divide and weaken the U.S. and its allies.

Ideas

The Amazon Fires Reveal the Dysfunction of the Global Community

The case for territorial incursion in the Amazon is far stronger than the justifications for most war.

Threats

Brazil's Bolsonaro Is Endangering the World

As a store of carbon, the Amazon is fundamental to the survival of every person. If destroyed or degraded, the giant rain forest is simply beyond humanity’s ability to get back.

Threats

Which US Cities Are Least Prepared for Climate Disaster?

New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—are the least prepared.

Ideas

No One’s Going to Be Happy Giving Up Land to Fight Climate Change

Here are seven ways of understanding the IPCC’s newest climate warning.

Science & Tech

A Supercomputer Will Help the US Air Force Predict the Weather

The $25 million contract will provide a system that supports the military’s complex weather prediction workloads.

Threats

No Climate Event in 2,000 Years Compares to What’s Happening Now

While parts of the world have warmed or cooled in the past, modern climate change is happening just about everywhere at the same time.

Ideas

A Water-Stressed World Turns to Desalination

More cities rely on desalination, which remains expensive and creates its own environmental problems.

Threats

How the Climate Crisis Threatens the US Energy System

The U.S. military is the largest customer of the U.S. electricity grid, and other insights from a two-day workshop convened by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Threats

These Are the US Military Bases Most Threatened by Climate Change

The belated lists arrived just ahead of a GAO report that says the Pentagon is failing to use climate projections in planning.

Ideas

The US Military Emits More Carbon than Sweden

Even as it begins to grapple with climate change, the Defense Department remains the world’s single largest consumer of oil.

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