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Climate Change Emergency: International Conflict

"Climate change has emerged as a security challenge that knows no borders.

"The increased frequency, severity and magnitude of extreme weather events all over the world – one of the most immediate and visible results of climate change – will likely continue to generate humanitarian crises.

"The effects of climate change can also aggravate existing vulnerabilities, such as weak governance, and increase resource scarcity, which in turn heightens tensions and forces migrations.

"In Canada, climate change is transforming the Northern landscape, bringing an evolving set of safety and security challenges, from greater demand for search and rescue to increased international attention and military activity" (52).

Strong, Secure, Engaged: Canada's Defence Policy. Department of National Defence, 2017.