Meet The Woman Whose Two-Word Catchphrase Made the Military Care About Climate
(Click to enlarge) Sherri Goodman in Svalbard, Norway (Credit: Sherri Goodman)
Droughts, floods, expanding ocean lanes — global warming poses a huge threat to U.S. national security.
(From Buzz Feed News/ by Dan Vergano) — The military began to care about it a decade ago, largely thanks to Sherri Goodman and her wonky catchphrase. In 2006, as war mounted in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military began to see the human costs of climate extremes. As drought hit Afghanistan, one soldier was killed for every 24 convoys to resupply fuel or water. In Iraq, insurgents planted explosives in dams on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers while troops baked in 115-degree summer temperatures. Elsewhere, drought tied to global warming had sparked war in Darfur. Alternating floods and droughts in Somalia had triggered migration and the rise of warlords. Water scarcity was projected to strike 40% of the world’s nations in coming decades, sparking more wars. And yet, at that time, the national conversation on global warming revolved around polar bears and Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. It wasn’t something the Pentagon talked about — until Sherri Goodman stepped in.
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