U.S. Navy “Taking Climate Change Seriously,” Despite Trump… Because Guam!

Guest ridicule by David Middleton

What’s missing from this article?

Trump’s skepticism aside, the Navy is taking climate change seriously

Gerald Harris, Medill News Service June 28, 2018

TAMUNING, Guam — The Trump administration has vigorously downplayed the threat of global warming, insisting that the science is still unproven.

But an increase in the number of severe storms combined with rising sea levels and surface temperatures are forcing the U.S. Navy to adjust to the mounting threat of climate change.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act has ordered the Pentagon to identify the top 10 military bases threatened by climate change for the Navy and the other service branches by November.

[…]

While the Navy has a long history of responding to weather-related catastrophes, a world-wide increase in extreme weather and climate-related civilian unrest has led to more requests for assistance from the Navy.

The demand could hamper naval readiness, said Ann C. Phillips, a retired rear admiral who spent 30 years in the Navy and is now a member of the advisory board of the Center for Climate & Security, a non-partisan think tank.

[…]

“By reputation Guam has the largest fuel capacity than any place in Asia, largest weapon capacity, so Guam is the base which the United States can project its power to this part of the world without asking anyone’s permission,” said Robert Underwood, the outgoing president of the University of Guam and a former Guam delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

[…]

According to Austin Shelton, an assistant professor at the University of Guam and director of the Sea Grant research program, Guam is facing multiple challenges.

[…]

According to a report by the Center for Climate & Security released earlier this year, 200 military installations participating in a vulnerability assessment have already been affected by storm surge flooding.

A 2008 assessment found that only 30 military sites faced elevated risks because of sea level rise.

USA Today

The article doesn’t cite a single U.S. Navy source.  It cites:

  • A retired Rear Admiral who works for the Center for Climate & Security.
  • The Center for Climate & Security, a warmunist activist group.
  • The “outgoing president of the University of Guam and a former Guam delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives,” a liberal Democrat.
  • An “assistant professor at the University of Guam and director of the Sea Grant research program.”

I’m surprised they didn’t cite the world-renowned Guam expert, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)…

The article exhibits the standard warmunist trait of mis-conjugating verbs and making unsupported claims:

While the Navy has a long history of responding to weather-related catastrophes, a world-wide increase in extreme weather and climate-related civilian unrest has led to more requests for assistance from the Navy.

The demand could hamper naval readiness…

Unsupported claims:

Regarding the claim of a climate change driven increase in extreme weather, this is extreme horst (h/t Clyde Spencer) schist.

CEI

Contiguous U.S. Climate Extremes Index. No trend, R² = 0.0367. From 1910-1940, three years exceeded +2σ. From 1998-2017, five years exceeded +2σ. From 1941-1997, the CEI was mostly below average. (NOAA)

Compo et al., 2011 found no evidence “of an intensifying weather trend” during the 20th century.

Some surprising results are already evident. For instance, the long-term trends of indices representing the North Atlantic Oscillation, the tropical Pacific Walker Circulation, and the Pacific–North American pattern are weak or non-existent over the full period of record. The long-term trends of zonally averaged precipitation minus evaporation also differ in character from those in climate model simulations of the twentieth century.

Compo et all. 2011

20CRv2_PWC_NAO_PNA

“Some surprising results are already evident. For instance, the long-term trends of indices representing the North Atlantic Oscillation, the tropical Pacific Walker Circulation, and the Pacific–North American pattern are weak or non-existent over the full period of record. The long-term trends of zonally averaged precipitation minus evaporation also differ in character from those in climate model simulations of the twentieth century.” Compo et al., 2011

The Weather Isn’t Getting Weirder

The latest research belies the idea that storms are getting more extreme.

By Anne Jolis
Updated Feb. 10, 2011 12:01 a.m. ET
Last week a severe storm froze Dallas under a sheet of ice, just in time to disrupt the plans of the tens of thousands of (American) football fans descending on the city for the Super Bowl. On the other side of the globe, Cyclone Yasi slammed northeastern Australia, destroying homes and crops and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

Some climate alarmists would have us believe that these storms are yet another baleful consequence of man-made CO2 emissions.

[…]

As it happens, the project’s initial findings, published last month, show no evidence of an intensifying weather trend. “In the climate models, the extremes get more extreme as we move into a doubled CO2 world in 100 years,” atmospheric scientist Gilbert Compo, one of the researchers on the project, tells me from his office at the University of Colorado, Boulder. “So we were surprised that none of the three major indices of climate variability that we used show a trend of increased circulation going back to 1871.”

In other words, researchers have yet to find evidence of more-extreme weather patterns over the period, contrary to what the models predict. “There’s no data-driven answer yet to the question of how human activity has affected extreme weather,” adds Roger Pielke Jr., another University of Colorado climate researcher.

WSJ

Regarding the idiotic claim that the U.S. Navy’s operational readiness is being affected by Gorebal Warming… This is unmitigated bull schist!

December 14, 2017

A New Report Reveals Why the U.S. Navy Is in Big Trouble (And Offers a Solution)

Over the years, due to a brutal operations tempo and a shrinking fleet, the Navy has reached the breaking point.

by Dave Majumdar

he United States Navy has released its new Strategic Readiness Review (SSR), which was ordered by Navy Secretary Richard Spencer earlier this year in September. The SSR, as was expected, has revealed severe deficits in the U.S. Navy’s readiness level, which have led to a rash of accidents in recent month.

“The U.S. Navy is without question the most capable in the world but its primacy is being challenged as it sails into a security environment not seen since before the collapse of the Soviet Union,” the SSR reads. “Another era of sustained peer-on-peer competition has arrived and failing to recognize and prepare for its very different challenges will have severe consequences. Even in a non-peer-on-peer environment, the Navy and the nation can ill afford the readiness deficiencies revealed in the recent ship-handling incidents in the Pacific.”

Over the years, due to a brutal operations tempo and a shrinking fleet, the Navy has reached the breaking point. “Many of these deficiencies have been observed and authoritatively documented for years, however the naval capacity that had been built up for the Cold War masked their impact,” the report reads. “That past margin in ships, aircraft, and sailors enabled the Navy to make mitigating adjustments in fleet operations, training, maintenance, and funding to accomplish assigned missions. Today, those margins are long gone. A smaller fleet with fewer sailors is straining to meet the operational demands placed upon it.”

[…]

The National Interest

The U.S. Navy is stretched very thin protecting the national interests of these United States.  Since the end of Cold War I, the Navy has had to manage a “shrinking fleet” and a steady, if not expanding, operational tempo.  Note that neither “weather” nor “climate” is mentioned in the article.  Nor are they mentioned in the report.  This is the closest that the report got to climate change:

To define what each service provides, the service chiefs and the joint staff review and validate force requests (the demand) from the geographic combatant commanders and prioritize them for consideration. The output of this process is a recommendation to the Secretary of Defense regarding which naval assets will be made available to each geographic combatant commander (the supply). This Global Force Management Allocation Plan is reviewed quarterly and when unplanned requirements arise.13 These unplanned requirements can be in response to threat increases in theater, natural disasters, or changes in force availability. When one of these emergent requirements arises, a geographic combatant commander submits a Request for Forces.

Responding to requests for forces pressurizes the fleet, as it requires either diverting another ready unit that may be in line for another assignment or disrupting the maintenance and/or training phases of a unit not deemed ready in accordance with established Navy standards. Some Requests for Forces can be accommodated without disruption to near and long-term readiness by using only those units that are certified ready to deploy. However, the small fleet and the need for specific unit capabilities frequently limit the options to answer emergent mission requirements. For instance, in the case of hurricane relief, amphibious capability and helicopter capacity are likely to be the limiting functions; on the other hand, certain high end threats might require ballistic missile defense capable ships.

Strategic Readiness Review 2017

No schist Sherlock.  Hurricane relief missions call for Gators & helo’s rather than Aegis-equipped DDG’s & CG’s.

One would think that if the the Navy was facing increasing demands for Gorebal Warming-related assistance, in might just have made it into a report on readiness challenges.

Mis-conjugated verbs

  • The unsupported claims *have* led to more demand for assistance from the Navy.
  • The increased demand *could* hamper naval readiness in the future.

If the Navy has faced more demand for Gorebal Warming relief missions, then any effect on readiness would have already occurred.

  • A future demand could affect readiness.
  • A demand that has already occurred would have affected readiness.

I think the author is making the common mistake of conflating model-based predictions with things that are happening or have already happened.

That said, the Navy should take climate change more seriously

Climate Change Weather Disables US Navy’s Newest Ship! (WUWT)

 

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Pameladragon

Well, there is the ongoing problem of subsidence in the Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News area, but this is not weather related at all. It is because of the tremendous load of construction over soft sediments already sinking…. The entire east coast of the US is slowly subsiding and has been since the beginning of the Holocene.

You’re right, Pamela, that the Chesapeake is sinking (subsiding) due to the geology there, and most of the apparent sea-level rise there is not due to global sea-level change.

Here’s my page for Sewells Point, VA (Norfolk / Hampton Rhodes), showing sea-level juxtaposed with CO2 level:
http://sealevel.info/MSL_graph.php?id=8638610

Here’s NOAA’s page for Sewells Point, VA:
https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_station.shtml?id=8638610

The geology there is very unusual. Google “Chesapeake bolide” for some interesting reading.

My guess is that two-thirds of the local “sea-level rise” there (about 3 mm/yr) is actually subsidence. SONEL says that nearby Portsmouth Naval Yard experiences 2.03 ±0.39 mm/year subsidence, but that’s based on a very short measurement record at a slightly different location, a bit farther from the bolide impact site.

Phil R

David Middleton,

Not to disagree with you because that is a very good summary (and I live above it, close to the two wells on the left), but the Suffolk scarp is a paleoshoreline formed during the Pleistocene when sea levels were much higher than now, and the shores were further west. I think you’re right that the Suffolk scarp coincides with the western margin of the crater and the height of the scarp may have been enhanced by land subsidance, but the scarp is much younger than the crater.

shrnfr

The end is near. Lets see, I am 36 feet above sea level inland from Boston. That is 10,972 mm above sea level or so. At a rate of 1.4mm per year I have only 7,837 years left before I have ocean front property. I am doomed I tell you, doomed.

Sara

Could some of you PLEASE go tell Accuweather that their article on “rising seas threatening 13,000 miles of US coastline” is hooey?
It’s bad enough that their forecasts are only accurate for the day or two before, but their addiction to crisis warming is laughable.
Thanks!!!

Bill_W_1984

As sea level continues to rise, the oceans are getting larger and larger. Of course the navy needs more ships!! 🙂

Justin McCarthy

If ships are getting bigger won’t they displace more water contributing to sea rise????

Chuck in Houston

Good point Justin. A couple more Gerald R Ford class carriers and it’ll be like the hot tub overflowing when my father in law gets in.

Tom Halla

I think I have it. Global warming caused the election of Barack Obama, which led to a drawdown of the Navy’s reserve capacity, so global warming is responsible./sarc

Joel Snider

There’s also eight years of Obama pressure on the higher-ups in the military, as well as their scientific advisers.

J Mac

It was more than just ‘pressure’…. It was a deliberate putsch!

Also the insanity about “diversity” at any cost. The collision with the cargo ship was apparently caused by the concerted incompetence of three females.

NOTE – the problem was not females in those positions. It was females held to lower standards of competence in those positions. It doesn’t matter whether the reason for lowering the standards is because a person is a female (or some other “diversity” enhancer), or because the person is the son of an Admiral – you are sailing into dangerous waters.

Sara

Writing Observer: There were also MALE officers involved in that, including a MALE CO who was asleep when he should have been on deck. Do NOT blame it all on women.

Put the blame where it belongs – sloppy training and poor executive skills and an 8-year term of SJW hogwash being more important that running a military operation, thanks to Ray Mabus, who did as much damage as he possibly could to the Navy before he was dismissed from SECNAV.

Kalifornia Kook

Sara – Not blamed on women – it was blamed on not requiring demonstration of the appropriate skills as is required of their male counterparts, but still given the positions and authority. The rush to show women in those positions outweighed the need to have qualified personnel in those positions. That was not the fault of the women involved, and a couple of (male) admirals and the CO were rightly punished for it. They put politics, optics, etc. ahead of quality.

But if they hadn’t been women, they wouldn’t have been in the positions that led to the deaths of seven sailors. It is a fine point.

Justin McCarthy

It is the CO’s duty to ensure that his crew is sea worthy notwithstanding how well or how badly they may have been trained in basic, advanced training etc. Works that way in the Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy. We lose that standard; we lose everything.

commieBob

So, the navy is stressed by too much work and not enough resources. It’s obvious that the thing to do is distract them by making them also plan for climate change. It’s like smashing your hand with a hammer to distract yourself from a headache.

Felix

Under Obama, officers had to salute and say, yes, sir, fighting climate change in Mission #1 for the US Navy. You didn’t get promoted, otherwise. Biodiesel, yes, sir!

Now, not so much.

Felix

The late, great Father of Climatology, Reid Bryson, as a naval met officer in WWII, twice warned ADM Halsey that a typhoon was coming, and twice was ignored.

He famously said, “You can spit on the sidewalk and have more effect on climate than CO2”.

Chris

Bryson also famously said the planet was going to cool. That one didn’t quite work out like he said.

Joe - the non climate scientists

The pacific War – is off topic – but at least it is a substantive discussion as compared to AGW and rising sea levels.

As someone else said – spitting into the ocean causing a greater rise in sea level that co2

Latitude

The Navy found an uptapped source of money….they get a free up grade

Dr. Dave

Ah, Hank Johnson… the gift that keeps on giving. It’s hard to believe anyone can be that stupid.

If you haven’t seen the video linked above, do so immediately. It will definitely be one of the funniest things you’ve ever seen. Again, it’s hard to believe anyone is that stupid!!!

Felix

Apparently he was serious.

Dr. Dave

That’s what makes it so funny! To quote Bugs Bunny… “what a maroon.”

The most amazing thing is that old Hank was the UPGRADE. He was the sane and sober candidate who replaced Cynthia McKinney, because she was too crazy even for Georgia’s 4th congressional district, which I think must have been specially gerrymandered to contain all of the funny farms in the Peach State.

I’ve always enjoyed the “maroon” line and have joked about it.
One can see Mel Blanc at a studio Session throwing out the line.
Just a guess of course, but fun.

Latitude

not really…..Maxine Waters seems to have him beat

goldminor

Hank was funny though. Maxine is definitely not funny.

old construction worker

I don’t know how the officer kept it together. I would have been laughing.

drednicolson

At one point not shown in the video, he covers up a forming tear of laughter with a finger.

CCB

People will generally believe anything they read that sort of aligns to their Confirmation Bias and the more times they hear it, it becomes eventually their default position without even checking any data themselves through laziness, disinterest or the government knows best.
The CAGW drumbeat seems to have been going for 30odd years more intensely after Global Cooling scares to AlGore(rythmns) Inconvenience Truth sounding the Warming scares from Hansen’s Work and now the ClimateChange which has occurred since an atmosphere existed word has given that side a brilliant word-bite hard to dispute.
Arguing over a few tenths of a degree like splitting hairs and which way an egg is put in its holder 🤣, we are in the middle of the ‘experiment’ so no way will we know in lifetimes what the conclusions if any are, if Humans who are the Earth become conscious, are responsible for minute changes in temperature; but it’s surely a good position if we really can, I like more heat please.
As a scientist I remain open minded and very pro-resource saving and ecological in my day to day approach. However money will override any conclusions for mankind who will likely continue to waste Earth. From the evidence I’ve seen CO2 is a minor order good photosynthesisizing gas and more is useful for the greening of our lovely Blue-Green 🌏.
H2O seems to do more to keep in warm with the other atmospheric contents helping us along with Earth’s Radiation from heat & radiactivity us from -270degC of space. Before the next coincidences of the 3 Milankovic cycles of which one is minimum now. Eventually all tectonic plates will subduct, so Humans if we last that long enjoy this paradise now 😇

R. Shearer

And they measure and report temperature in hundredths of a degree and CO2 down to hundredths of a ppm and pretend like those measurements are real and significant.

In any case, on your last point, we do see some land being created and in places like Hawaii it supports like in short order. Life finds a way.

Clyde Spencer

David,
Shouldn’t that be “horst schist?’

I think the number of countries where the US has military bases has doubled since 1990 or so. Even though there are fewer of them than before this time, they exist in more locations, which means probably in more diverse climate regions, which could cause a false concern over climate-change impact regionally, since there are MORE REGIONS to consider now.

Still, the US Navy would seem to be under the spell of the climate-alarm scam. Heightened popularization of climate alarm has infiltrated the military, possibly starting a vast waste of money in this sector too.

The disease keeps spreading.

Dave Anderson

The navy has a growing problem running into other ships and the ground but that has nothing to do with the weather.

Doug Huffman

Leadership. Leadership at high levels, leadership at lower levels. Read Rickover on Responsibility, It is an unique concept …

drednicolson

Risk aversion is running so high it’s impairing day-to-day crew performance. Everyone wants plausible deniability should something go wrong, or at least to be able to spread the blame around and reduce their own culpability. Noone wants to take the initiative for fear of making a career-ending mistake. But in a crisis situation like an imminent collision, averting disaster demands initiative on the part of those who first notice it. Rarely is there enough time to check it out with a higher-up first.

James Beaver

Admiral Hymmn G. Rickover, the father of the U.S. nuclear Navy. I saw him once when he visited the sub I served on. He was quite the force of nature.

Sweet Old Bob

Rode us three times while I was aboard …ORSE under him was …different …. like a full scram from a flank bell …
we kept Tave in the green band … think he was impressed …

Chuck in Houston

Oh Lord. I can only imagine.

Harry Passfield

Simple solution, if the US Navy bigwigs think sea levels will rise too far: build more submarines! They don’t care about sea level.

Yirgach

I think the Rep. Hank Johnson reference was real! He did mention the cause of the tipping would be increased population and we all know about sex in a canoe…
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R. Shearer

That’s like Coors beer!

Ozonebust

David
Thank you. Watching the congressman was the funniest things I have seen in many a year.
Regards

R. Shearer

Why, when sea level rises above the bow and sterns of ships, they’ll capsize just like Guam.

MarkW

Congress orders the military to do something, and that’s proof that the military takes global warming seriously.

Are these guys serious?

MarkW

“According to a report by the Center for Climate & Security released earlier this year, 200 military installations participating in a vulnerability assessment have already been affected by storm surge flooding.”

A port affected by storm surge flooding.
And in the entire history of the human race, this has never happened before????

Ronald Voisin

You left out a very important part of the video. Shortly after the capsize question is asked the Admiral touches a corner of his eye to hold back a tear.

drednicolson

Using the utmost of military self-discipline to fight the urge to laugh out loud? 🙂

goldminor

I watched Dem Hank Johnson speak at the Wray/Rosenstein hearing this week. His remarks clearly demonstrated his lack of ability to think clearly, or grasp topics, imo.

ResourceGuy

Meanwhile China is building up artificial islands and arming them to the teeth. go figure

Guam Threatened? I covered this half-fake news here:
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/11/guam-threatened/

Cephus0

At least the Navy didn’t receive the same memo regarding priority #1 being “Muslim outreach” that poor old NASA got saddled with.

John M. Ware

“Strategic Readiness Review” should be rendered SRR, not SSR, unless we want the original expression to read “Strategic Seediness Review” or the like.

HotScot

Oh man! OH Man, OH MAN!!!!

We have some really dumb politicians in the UK, but none even come close to this guy.

A compilation of Hank Johnson.

I think he’s smoking something, all the time.

Randle Dewees

An exquisite torture, I caved at 1:35, couldn’t take any more.

Gunga Din

All I see is a blank space.
(But, then again, I guess all Hank Johnson’s contributions are a ….)

drednicolson

If you’re running NoScript, you’ll need to (temporarily) allow googlevideo to play it.

Bill Murphy

The truly scary thing is that there is a congressional district in GA that elected this… person. Who lives there and who ran against him? Forrest Gump? William T. Sherman (this IS Georgia, after all)? And the Democrats used to make fun of Dan Quayle? And are calling Trump stupid? Where is the Ibuprofen? This is painful.

dudleyhorscroft

Rather than the “Contiguous CEI” graph to illustrate the story, might it not have been better to provide a temperature graph and a land altitude graph from Guam?

That aside, perhaps the USN is receiving the orders and taking appropriate action, like filing them in the round grey file. I recall a story from the Royal Navy. A file containing a ridiculous proposal landed on the desk of a lieutenant commander in Whitehall. He decided it was so preposterous that it was not while his time preparing a detailed appraisal of the project. Wishing to be polite, instead of writing “Balls” (US speak is ‘Nuts’) in the margin he wrote “Round Objects”. He then addressed the file to his counterpart in Hong Kong, with several other addressees to follow, and put the file in the out tray.

About 18 months later, he was in a Committee and that same file reappeared, having worked its way around the world several times. The Admiral chairing the meeting looked at the file, and said: “Who is Round and why does he object?”

Bruce Cobb

Only one reason the Navy or any of the armed services would buy into (or pretend to) the climate claptrap; money.

Gunga Din

And/or, like the FBI etc., those Obama (et. al) placed in positions of authority.
It’s a big swamp. It will time to drain.

old construction worker

No. The wheels move very slowly in D.C. The order probably come down back in 2012 and is now being dealt with.

James Beaver

What is stressing the Navy out is a bigger mission scope than what they faced in the 1980’s, with half as many ships & ship types available. Plus, a tiny training budget relative to what is truly needed.

J Mac

Yes. Just so….

Sara

Yes, and there is only one recruit training command now, at USNS Great Lakes. This may or may not have been a mistake, but we’ll see what happens in the long term. In my view, too many military bases were closed in the BRAC. At some point, we may need them again.

TonyL

The last photo in the post shows the latest LCS (Little Crappy Ship) delayed while in transit. Notice the wooden pier pilings in the foreground. Check out the condition of the hull in the vicinity of the second and third pilings. The hull absolutely looks likes it was shoved in by something.
Remember, this is a brand new ship, right out of the shipyard. Was the hull really caved in by a tugboat doing routine maneuvering?
The ship has an aluminum hull and is notoriously thin-skinned. I would bet there is a story in there somewhere.

J Mac

From the Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ships web site:
“Hull: Advanced semi-planing steel monohull”
They are not “an aluminum hull and… notoriously thin-skinned”. Nor are they ‘ice breakers’. Their super structures are quite likely aluminum, as this helps lower the ships center of mass as well as the overall ship weight. It also improves the maneuverability of the ship ‘at speed’.
https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/littoral-combat-ship-lcs.html

If you look at the following video and other pictures of these ships, you will see 2 dark ports on each side of the hull, with dark staining extending a bit aft. Exhaust ports of some sort? I don’t know, but they coincide with your ‘shoved in by something’ location. I think you misinterpreted what is shown in the headline photo of this story.
https://youtu.be/lTy0MhhUlYQ

TonyL

Oops, my mistake.
Steel hull, Al superstructure.
It does look a bit of a mess, though.
The other LCS (Independence class) apparently is the one with the Al hull.

J Mac

I think it looks great, especially at 45knots!

Sara

Oh, but wasn’t it sad that the crew had to spend the winter frozen in the ice (snort!!!) at Montreal??? Can’t you just sympathize with them? What a terrible burden they had to bear!!!

Pop Piasa

David, you should be teaching critical thinking classes (as if there were any such courses of study in post-modern academia).

michael hart

From https://physicstoday.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1063/PT.3.1257

“When they come, it will be at high water,” Rommel told his troops time and again.

If history is anything to go by, then rising sea levels are of benefit to the US navy 🙂

ozspeaksup

On the other side of the globe, Cyclone Yasi slammed northeastern Australia, destroying homes and crops and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.

hmm if i had seen that back then…I’d have tried to get correction
thousands yes
hundreds of thousands NO!

Sara

RADM Philips spent 30 years in the Navy? Okay, then what was her specialty, IF she had one? SecDef James Mattis spent his entire career in the Marine Corps in combat infantry. What did RADM Philips do? Was she in Meteorology? Oceanography? What? Female Admirals are rather rare. I met the first female Admiral (Duerk) Nurse Corps at NS Great Lakes in 1972.

Without that information, there is nothing but ‘she was an Admiral’ in this. No, she was a Rear Admiral and the author of that silly piece does not tell us if she was RADM Lower Half (O-7 – used to be Commodore) or Upper Half (O-8). Full pay grade in difference.

I can have a very good friend find out about this, but throwing someone’s name into something with no specifics means N-O-T-H-I-N-G. NOTHING.

The ship that was stuck in ice and wintered over at Montreal last winter was newly launched. We had quite a giggle over it. I’m sure those sailors suffered from being forced to eat French cooking and being presented with some very ordinary table wines! 🙂 Poor things!

Tom Abbott

The crew successfully adapted to the climate change.

Now the climate has changed again and they can go out to sea.

David Hart

Sara, since you asked:

Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, USN (Ret) is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. A Surface Warfare Officer, Rear Admiral Phillips has served in every warfare group of the Surface Navy: Destroyers, Aircraft Carriers, Amphibious, and Replenishment Ships. During her 31 years on active duty she commissioned and commanded USS MUSTIN (DDG 89), and commanded Destroyer Squadron TWO EIGHT, and Expeditionary Strike Group TWO – which included all the Amphibious Expeditionary Forces on the East Coast of the United States. Ashore she was a Senior Fellow on the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group XXVIII, and managed requirements and resources for the Surface Navy as Deputy Director and Director of Surface Warfare Division, (N86) in the Pentagon. While at N86, from 2009-2012 she served on the Chief of Naval Operations’ Climate Change Task Force, and Energy Task Force, where she Co-Chaired the Surface Force Working Group – developing and implementing climate change adaptation and energy reduction strategies for the Navy. In addition, she has served overseas in Guam and Lisbon, Portugal, and operated extensively with NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.

Jim Whelan

“According to a report by the Center for Climate & Security released earlier this year, 200 military installations participating in a vulnerability assessment have already been affected by storm surge flooding.”

Which is to say that things that have happened in the past are still happening.

Juan

Seas have been rising at the same rate for thousands of years.

Björn

So a branch of the military has identified a potential threat that forces them, unfortunately, to increase spending. We have that in Sweden also. Every spring of a new budget period for the navy, the swedish coast is invaded by possible submarines, probably Russian. The media calls them budget-submarines, well not in print of course but in between collueges. It is important to keep funding high in case of future cuts, so they waste money, all gov institutions do inherently.

Gordon Jeffrey Giles

Naval Intelligence (not the section but the overall) has been diminished by the removal during the Obama Administration of any staff officers with a brain. When they leadership acquiesced to the plan to buy bio-diesel for battle vessels to go to sea @$74 /gal… I knew it was over.

Johann Wundersamer

response to threat increases in theater, –>

response to threat increases in weather,

Louis Hooffstetter

“climate-related civilian unrest…”

Where?
Syria? Somalia? Ukraine? Seattle? Berkeley?