Leaked Pentagon report warns climate change may bring famine, war: report

Agence France Presse – Article – 2004-02-22
LONDON (AFP) – A secret report prepared by the Pentagon (news – web sites) warns that climate change may lead to global catastrophe costing millions of lives and is a far greater threat than terrorism. The report was ordered by an influential US Pentagon advisor but was covered up by “US defense chiefs” for four months, until it was “obtained” by the British weekly The Observer.
The leak promises to draw angry attention to US environmental and military policies, following Washington’s rejection of the Kyoto Protocol (news – web sites) on climate change and President George W. Bush (news – web sites)’s skepticism about global warning — a stance that has stunned scientists worldwide.
The Pentagon report, commissioned by Andrew Marshall, predicts that “abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies,” The Observer reported.
The report, quoted in the paper, concluded: “Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life.