Forget The Russians! NATO To Combat Climate Change!

By Paul Homewood

Now NATO want to fight climate change!

Growing up in Norway, I learnt in school that temperatures in Svalbard, arctic home of the polar bear, would hardly ever rise above freezing. But this year, thermostats in Svalbard reached a record 21.7 degrees. And this is just the latest peak in a pattern of rising temperature that is turning sea ice to slush and is melting the Norwegian permafrost.

We all know examples like this. Of a warming climate melting the ice caps, causing droughts, giant storms and forest fires. The facts of climate change are undeniable, and the situation is getting worse.

I have been passionate about climate change all of my life. My first job in government was as Deputy Environment Minister, and I had the privilege of serving as UN Special Envoy on Climate Change. Now, as NATO Secretary General, it is my responsibility to address the threat climate change poses to our shared security.

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. As the planet heats up, our weather becomes wilder, warmer, windier and wetter, putting communities under pressure as sources of food, fresh water and energy are threatened.

We can see this today in the Sahel region of Africa, where climate change is driving migration. In the Arctic where  as the ice melts, geopolitical tensions heat up. Or here in Europe, where record-breaking floods and wildfires increase year on year.

Climate change threatens our security. So NATO must do more to fully understand and integrate climate change into our all aspects of our work, from our military planning to how we exercise and train our armed forces.

Climate change also makes it harder for NATO troops to keep people safe. Our soldiers work in some of the most difficult environments on earth. For example, NATO’s training mission in Iraq where, this summer, temperatures regularly exceeded 50 degrees. Imagine just being in that heat, let alone coming under fire while wearing full combat gear. 

It is essential that we adapt to this new reality. That means better combat gear, vehicles and infrastructure. And it means explicitly including climate change in NATO’s work to improve the resilience of Allies and partners, something that we have been doing for decades in areas like infrastructure.

NATO must also be prepared to react to climate-related disasters just as we have during the COVID-19 crisis. This year, NATO countries have delivered hundreds of tons of medical equipment around the world, set up almost a hundred field hospitals and transported patients and medical staff.

NATO and its member countries also have a responsibility to help reduce climate change by producing fewer emissions without compromising our core tasks. We have long focused on fuel efficiency to improve our military effectiveness. Reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, for instance by using solar panels to power military camps, will not just help combat climate change, it can make our troops and equipment more secure, by improving our ability to operate independently and flexibly.

Members of the NATO Alliance are taking a lead with plans to cut emissions from our armed forces through initiatives such as using biofuels, developing hybrid vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of bases and other infrastructure.

As many countries increasingly plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, NATO can also do more to help our armed forces contribute to this goal. It is time for NATO to raise its ambition and help drive down emissions. A first step could be to help our members measure their military emissions. The next step could be to agree voluntary cuts in their carbon emissions.

Climate change is making the world more dangerous. NATO’s task is to preserve peace and keep us safe. So to fulfil our main responsibility, NATO must help to curb climate change for our security today and for the security of future generations. 

https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_178334.htm

You might have thought the head of NATO would stick to facts. But you would be wrong.

Let’s start with this claim:

Growing up in Norway, I learnt in school that temperatures in Svalbard, arctic home of the polar bear, would hardly ever rise above freezing. But this year, thermostats in Svalbard reached a record 21.7 degrees.

They obviously did not teach him very well then! Summer temperatures in Svalbard hit the mid teens every year. Although this year hit a record of 21.7C, it was only slightly warmer than the previous highest temperature of 21.3C, set in 1979. Hardly an excuse to turn NATO upside down!

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Then there’s this ridiculous statement:

Of a warming climate melting the ice caps, causing droughts, giant storms and forest fires….

As the planet heats up, our weather becomes wilder, warmer, windier and wetter, putting communities under pressure as sources of food, fresh water and energy are threatened. 

Even the IPCC have said there is no evidence for any of this.

Or this one:

We can see this today in the Sahel region of Africa, where climate change is driving migration.

The Sahel’s disastrous drought was during a period of global cooling in the 1970s. Since then it has greened.

And then there’s this:

 Or here in Europe, where record-breaking floods and wildfires increase year on year.

There is no evidence that floods are any worse, and a recent study found that fires have actually been declining in Mediterranean Europe.

But what has any of this to do with NATO, whose goal is to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means?

Stoltenberg is worried about his troops getting hot in Iraq. Try telling that to the Desert Rats!

He says they need better combat gear, vehicles and infrastructure to cop with climate change. Yet NATO forces are already expected to operate in every conceivable climate, from the Arctic to the Sahara. What more gear does he need?

He goes on to say:

NATO must also be prepared to react to climate-related disasters just as we have during the COVID-19 crisis.

I think he means “weather”, not “climate”!

The whole article is, needless to say, an exercise in virtue signalling, something which is made obvious when he writes:

NATO and its member countries also have a responsibility to help reduce climate change by producing fewer emissions without compromising our core tasks.

We have long focused on fuel efficiency to improve our military effectiveness. Reducing our dependency on fossil fuels, for instance by using solar panels to power military camps, will not just help combat climate change, it can make our troops and equipment more secure, by improving our ability to operate independently and flexibly.

Members of the NATO Alliance are taking a lead with plans to cut emissions from our armed forces through initiatives such as using biofuels, developing hybrid vehicles and improving the energy efficiency of bases and other infrastructure. 

No. NATO only has one responsibility, and that is to guard the freedom and security of its members. And it has a duty to do this in the most effective manner possible, unencumbered by conflicting objectives.

Meanwhile, I don’t think those troops will be too pleased when those solar panels go to sleep at night!

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October 5, 2020 at 07:54AM

Author: uwe.roland.gross

Don`t worry there is no significant man- made global warming. The global warming scare is not driven by science but driven by politics. Al Gore and the UN are dead wrong on climate fears. The IPCC process is a perversion of science.