Call for submissions into senate inquiry into implications of climate change for national security


The Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has called for submissions to its inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australia's national security by August 4.

Under its terms of reference, the inquiry will consider:

  1. the threats and long-term risks posed by climate change to national security and international security, including those canvassed in the National security implications of climate-related risks and a changing climate report by the United States Department of Defense;

  2. the role of both humanitarian and military response in addressing climate change, and the means by which these responses are implemented;

  3. the capacity and preparedness of Australia’s relevant national security agencies to respond to climate change risks in our region;

  4. the role of Australia’s overseas development assistance in climate change mitigation and adaptation more broadly;

  5. the role of climate mitigation policies in reducing national security risks; and

  6. any other related matters.

The Committee is due to report by 4 December 2017.

Further information is available here.

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