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 user 2007-05-15 at 1:49:00 pm Views: 39
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    US generals urge climate action
    Former US military leaders have called on the Bush administration to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
    a report, they say global warming poses a serious threat to national
    security, as the US could be drawn into wars over water and other
    They appear to criticise President George W Bush’s
    refusal to join an international treaty to cut emissions.Among the 11
    authors are ex-Army chief of staff Gordon Sullivan and Mr Bush’s
    ex-Mid-East peace envoy Anthony Zinni.The report says the US “must
    become a more constructive partner” with other nations to fight global
    warming and deal with its consequences.It warns that over the next 30
    to 40 years, there will be conflicts over water resources, as well as
    increased instability resulting from rising sea levels and global
    warming-related refugees.”The chaos that results can be an incubator of
    civil strife, genocide and the growth of terrorism,” the 35-page report

    Pay now – or later’
    in the report, Gen Zinni, a former commander of US Central Command,
    says: “It’s not hard to make the connection between climate change and
    instability, or climate change and terrorism.”He adds: “We will pay for
    this one way or another. We will pay to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    today, and we’ll have to take an economic hit of some kind.”Or we will
    pay the price later in military terms. And that will involve human
    lives. There will be a human toll.”The report was issued by a
    Virginia-based national security think-tank, The CNA Corporation, and
    was written by six retired admirals and five retired generals.

    Climate scientists broadly endorsed the report.
    Stanford scientist Terry Root, a joint author of this month’s
    international scientific report on the effects of global warming on
    life on Earth, said its timescale might be too alarmist, as some of the
    predicted events – while likely to occur – could take longer than 30
    years to happen.