Climate Change: A Real Challenge to U.S. Military Readiness

By Roger-Mark De Souza

Roger-Mark De Souza is the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Global Sustainability and Resilience ProgramEnvironmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative.

When President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement this June, it confirmed the administration’s intent to pull back on international efforts to combat global climate change. The Cipher Brief’s Fritz Lodge spoke with the Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience at the Wilson Center, Roger-Mark De Souza, about what practical effect this decision will have on efforts to combat global climate change, and how this affects U.S. national security.

The Cipher Brief: What are the practical vs. the symbolic effects of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on global climate policy?

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