The Navy Produced the Pentagon’s First Environment Task Force– Now It’s Dead

That’s a Navy-level ice-breaking submarine in the Arctic Ocean.

That’s a Navy-level ice-breaking submarine in the Arctic Ocean.
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In a move that fails to surprise anybody, the U.S. Navy has killed its Task Force Climate Modification. This happened back in March but stayed primarily a rumor up until E&E News reported the news Wednesday.

The U.S. Navy Task Force Environment Modification was the very first of its kind for the Department of Defense. The Obama administration produced the job force in 2009 with the goal of preparing marine forces for a melting Arctic, sea-level increase, and changing storm patterns, to name a few things.

Climate modification presents a significant nationwide security risk to U.S. forces; this force was a response to that. And now it’s gone.

A Navy representative told E&E News that the task force was shut down since its responsibilities are “no longer needed.” Another entity is managing the processes the force was accountable for, according to E&E, but the Navy failed to say who or what is now organizing this essential work. Earther has reached out to the Navy for remark and will update when we hear back.

Even the Navy’s landing page for Energy, Environment, and Climate Modification is relatively dead. The Wayback Device, which permits audiences to see internet archives, shows a much livelier site in early March, most likely prior to the Navy shut down the task force.

Completion of this job force is just the most current in a string of actions the Pentagon has actually taken under the Trump administration to overlook the urgent threats of environment modification to national security (and to the nation’s general wellness). In March, 58 national security specialists, consisting of top previous U.S. military officials, composed to the president about their concerns. After all, environment modification isn’t a future thing; it’s a now thing, including for military forces.

With the Arctic melting, new ocean routes are opening. The Navy was accountable for examining what this could mean. Its last report, released in January prior to its death, evaluated the outlook for the Arctic. The report is pretty bare-bones at just 13 pages long, however it points out a real issue relating to the Arctic’s loss of ice. Sea ice when served as a guard of sorts from outdoors forces (like Russia), now all that ice is melting. Today, brand-new shipping routes are appearing in its wake. Nations like Russia and Norway are boosting their existence in the Arctic, as is the U.S

President Trump has actually mostly kept the Defense Department out of his climate rejection biddings, however it seems that the time has come for it to feel his rage, too. RIP, dear environment job force. Here’s hoping whoever changes you really does their task.

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