Climate Change Jeopardizes National Security

This July was the hottest month on record, that is, since the late 1800s (when recording keeping began), according to NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA), and Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). It is likely 2016 will be the hottest year on record.

The heat is being felt intensely across the Middle East, where unbearable temperatures are causing crop failures, disrupting economies, and displacing populations. A heat wave continues to boil in Iraq. “Parts of Iraq and Kuwait measured 129 degrees Fahrenheit in July, potentially the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere,” note Caitlin Werrell and Francesco Femia, Co-Founders and Presidents of the Center for Climate and Security. Last month, these high temperatures caused the Iraqi government to shut down many buildings.

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