Climate & Security

September 18, 2008

Kevin Rudd, the Australian Prime Minister, has said that food and water shortages caused by global climate change could lead to military conflict among the Asia-Pacific’s emerging superpowers such as China and India.

Following a massive increase in defense spending in Asia, the PM believes that his nation needs to expand it’s armed forces to deal with with the potential conflicts and even military confrontation.

The Guardian wrote,

Among the emerging challenges to Australia’s security were the “increased militarisation” of the region and “preparing for the new challenges of energy security and anticipating the impact of climate change on long-term food and water security,” he said. “Population, food, water and energy resource pressures will be great.”


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