Is the ADF fighting climate change or just adapting?

The Australian Defence Force is beginning to recognise the risks posed by climate change. But it has a bigger role to play than mere adaptation.

Analysts from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) have recently published a special report on Climate and the Defence Force. To those concerned about human-caused climate change, this report could be viewed as a welcome turnaround. Thus, the report opens by noting that the 2009 Defence White Paper had, by contrast:

“… dismissed climate change as an issue for future generations, judging that strategic consequences wouldn’t be felt before 2030.”


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