"Ban Ki-Moon: Climate Change ‘Is A Threat To Int’l Peace And Security’"
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told a Security Council debate on climate change that the issue “not only exacerbates threats to international peace and security; it is a threat to international peace and security.” “Extreme weather events continue to grow more frequent and intense in rich and poor countries alike, not only devastating lives, but also infrastructure, institutions, and budgets — an unholy brew which can create dangerous security vacuums,” he said. However the Security Council failed to agree on whether climate change is a direct security threat. U.S. ambassador Susan Rice called the lack of consensus “pathetic.”
Brad Johnson notes the irony in Rice’s comments. “For almost 20 years, global action to fight climate change has been hobbled by the intransigence of the United States, from the first Bush administration to the Obama administration.”