Climate change threatens a majority of mission-critical military bases, Pentagon report says

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More than two-thirds of the military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change, according to a new DoD report.

The January 2019 report, “Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense,” was submitted to Congress Thursday without an official announcement of the report or a public release. Several environmental organizations made the report publicly available early Friday.

After several reporters questioned why the report was not made public by DoD, the Pentagon published it on Defense.gov mid-Friday.

The Pentagon did not assess all of its hundreds of installations, instead it selected “79 mission assurance priority installations based on their operational role,” the Pentagon said in its report.

In its assessment of those 79 installations, which included Army, Air Force and Navy installations — and notably no Marine Corps bases — the services reported that 53 of the 79 faced current threats from flooding; 43 of the 79 face current threats from drought and 36 of the 79 faced current threats from wildfires.

 
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Yes things will slowly change over thousands of years just as they have since the slow ending of the last ice age. So what?
 
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Hello!
Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. ... is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming.

Dangerous climate change is not just something that might happen in the future. It is visibly happening now and it is rapidly getting worse.
 

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Threat of ice age?

At that time, with the amount of particulates and sulfides being pumped into the atmosphere a situation like the result of huge volcanoes was apt to occur, and last way longer. We smartened up on those pollutants. But those could be seen.

But that's science, it's like healthcare, it's not easy.
 
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The video claimed 30 years of cooling had been observed. Hmmm, I wonder what happened to those observations?
 
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Threat of ice age?

THE MYTH OF THE 1970s GLOBAL COOLING SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS

Thomas C. Peterson, William M. Connolley, and John Fleck



https://doi.org/10.1175/2008BAMS2370.1
Received: 8 February 2008
Published Online: 1 September 2008

Abstract

Climate science as we know it today did not exist in the 1960s and 1970s. The integrated enterprise embodied in the Nobel Prizewinning work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change existed then as separate threads of research pursued by isolated groups of scientists. Atmospheric chemists and modelers grappled with the measurement of changes in carbon dioxide and atmospheric gases, and the changes in climate that might result. Meanwhile, geologists and paleoclimate researchers tried to understand when Earth slipped into and out of ice ages, and why. An enduring popular myth suggests that in the 1970s the climate science community was predicting “global cooling” and an “imminent” ice age, an observation frequently used by those who would undermine what climate scientists say today about the prospect of global warming. A review of the literature suggests that, on the contrary, greenhouse warming even then dominated scientists' thinking as being one of the most important forces shaping Earth's climate on human time scales. More importantly than showing the falsehood of the myth, this review describes how scientists of the time built the foundation on which the cohesive enterprise of modern climate science now rests.


https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/2008BAMS2370.1
And here is a graph from that study, of which is rather self-explanatory.:




And here is the global average surface temperature trend, of which shows a destinct change in said temperature anamoly trend between around 1940 to 1970.:


https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/

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Yes things will slowly change over thousands of years just as they have since the slow ending of the last ice age. So what?
So then, where exactly can those "thousands of years" be found regarding the almost vertical purple and dark gray trend lines that are shown on the right side in the following graph?:



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