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Letter: Military leaders on climate change

A thick blanket of smoke is seen against

A thick blanket of smoke is seen against the setting sun as young ragpickers search for reusable material at a garbage dump in New Delhi, India on Oct. 17, 2014. A groundbreaking agreement struck Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, by the United States and China puts the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Photo Credit: AP / Altaf Qadri

Military leaders have been sounding the alarm about the threat of climate change since at least 2007. This is a point that was missing from The Associated Press' coverage of President Barack Obama's recent speech at the Coast Guard Academy ["Global security threat," News, May 21].

Army Gen. Gordon Sullivan, Navy Adm. Frank Bowman and Air Force Gen. Charles F. Wald are three of the 11 retired military leaders who issued the 2007 report "National Security and the Threat of Climate Change."

Their report identified climate change as a "threat multiplier." When military leaders say this, we should listen. Risk is at the heart of their jobs.

These generals and other officers have concluded that "increasing risks from climate change should be addressed now because they will almost certainly get worse if we delay."

They wrote their warning eight years ago. It's time to heed it.

Jennifer Greene, Bellport

Editor's note: The writer is a volunteer with the Citizens Climate Lobby, an advocacy group.

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