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Military Reports:

US Army Climate Action Strategy 2022

Air Force Climate Action Plan 2022

National Security Snapshot: Climate Change Risks to National Security

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War 2019

NATO and Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier 2017

Why Climate Change Is a National Security Issue 2018


Merchants of Doubt – highly recommended. This film introduces a cast of characters involved in casting doubt on science and makes some surprising connections between fire safety, cigarettes, and greenhouse gas emissions. Also, you will see a great card trick!

        War and Oil, part 4 of “The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.” Details the decisive impact of the pursuit of oil in WWII. 2013.

Short propaganda videos shown in class:

The Disappearing Football – if link says video is private- do you tube search for the title and you should be able to view it.

The Crying Indian – a litter campaign to divert attention from larger pollution issues


Jacob Hamblin, Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism (Oxford, 2013). This book dives deep into scientific projects funded by the American military to show how US scientists learned about climate change during the Cold War and how those studies have shaped the world we live in now. Jake was one of my advisors for my PhD and, like me, grew up in a military family. Online or available in print through interlibrary loan.

George Marshall, Don’t Think About It: Why Our Brains are Wired to Ignore Climate Change (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014) – CWU has a copy in the library.

This book will help you think more clearly! It delivers a lot of bad news but in very short chapters and with vivid examples, so it is quite readable. He also offers solid advice for tackling the problem of climate change and the security risks it poses.

There are also many websites and other online sources.

Check out the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for yourself to see the leading body of international science on climate change and latest strategies for climate action.

Also check out the World Economic Forum and their Global Risks Report 2023.

And from the far corner of the US on Climate Change Impacts on National Security:

Natural Resources Council of Maine