Climate wars: A national security dispatch from the Paris climate talks

PARIS — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday tied conflict in Syria and the resulting global refugee crisis to climate change, asserting that the world could continue to see similar geopolitical turmoil if underlying stressors are not addressed.

Among the possible responses to that predicament: shoring up national security and climate resilience through increased emphasis on renewable energy. Kerry also lauded large corporations like Apple, Google, Walmart and AT&T for endorsing various White House clean energy programs.

Speaking in Paris during the ongoing United Nations COP21 climate talks, Kerry cited Syria’s severe drought and resulting urban migration — first domestic, then international — as root causes of a civil war that has provided a dystopian preview of what happens when climate change exacerbates existing social and political turmoil.

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