"Sooner or later fighting climate change will mean taking on the Pentagon's global footprint, too," says Common Dreams article citing Costs of War data in discussion of the growing antiwar movement in Congress.
Jamie McIntyre's defense news roundup covers the release of two climate change reports, including "Researchers at Brown University's Costs of War Project have published a new report measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of the Department of Defense, which is the largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world."
"In 2017 alone, CO2 emissions [by the U.S. military] added up to 59 million tons - more than many industrialized nations including Sweden and Switzerland," says Forbes Magazine alongside infographic using U.S. military carbon dioxide emissions estimated by the Costs of War Project.
"The Pentagon released around 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases between 2001 and 2017, according to research by Brown University. The study, published Wednesday, is the first of its kind to compile such comprehensive data."
This article features co-director Neta Crawford's new research on pentagon fuel use and climate change, concluding, "Instead of just reacting to climate change and preparing for the worst, the Pentagon has the opportunity to make the worst less likely to happen."
The Cost of War Project's new report says that failure to reduce the Pentagon's reliance on greenhouse gases will result in the "nightmare scenarios that the military predicts and that many climate scientists say are possible," shares Politico's Morning Defense update.
In a dollar-by-dollar tour of the US national security budget, Business Insider references the Cost of War Project's esimation that obligations to veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars will total more than $1 trillion in the years to come.
Senators Bernie Sanders and Mike Lee call for a serious Congressional discussion of when and where in the world to intervene, and who decides. They cite Costs of War figures on the $6 trillion costs of longest war in American history.