By Graham Readfern
Extreme weather and rising sea levels caused by climate change will significantly increase the need for an effective defence force. It’s why the military are taking notice of the scientists.
WHEN AUSTRALIAN professors Colin Butler, Tony McMichael and Will Steffen stood up to talk climate change at a series of briefings in Canberra earlier this year there was something very different about the audience.
This wasn’t a forum organised by an environment group where the seats are taken up by the usual cohort of the climate concerned.
Instead, this audience was full of hardheaded military types and members of the defence community – people worried more about conflict and geopolitics than wind turbines and carbon footprints. This invitation to speak on climate change had come from Australia’s Department of Defence. Read the full story here.