Climate Change and National Security: Balancing the Costs and Benefits

Mark G. Stewart, CATO Institute

Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash
Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash


If climate projections are correct, a changing climate has the potential to cause sea levels to rise, floods, more intense storms and hurricanes, droughts, and other climate extremes. Such climate change would affect every nation, and populations in developing countries would be hit hardest. In the worst case, it would lead to energy and food scarcity, increase the spread of disease, cause mass migration of “climate refugees,” and weaken fragile governments.



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