Global climate changes over the next twenty years could strain the United States military according to a report delivered to Congress on Wednesday.
The U.S. report states that although it is not believed that the climate change alone will collapse any one country the effects of those changes may make for chaos. With the threat of advancing poverty, social tensions, the degradation of the environment and political institutions weakening the military could become very strained.
In a article on Reuters Thomas Fingar, deputy director of national intelligence for analysis, outlined the findings to two House of Representative committees.
"As climate changes spur more humanitarian emergencies, the international community's capacity to respond will be increasingly strained," Fingar said in prepared testimony, "significantly tax U.S. military transportation and support force structures, resulting in a strained readiness posture and decreased strategic depth for combat operations."
The fear is that people will quickly begin to migrate from all nations regardless of their economic standings.
While areas such as sub-Saharan Africa are likely to face even greater crop yields North American crops are expected to increase by five to twenty percent.
The findings show that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one key in tackling climate change.
The study that looks at the security risks of climate change through 2030 is known as a national intelligence assessment. The study relied on open sources instead of spies for its information.