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Fishel to lead Wednesday talk on climate change's effects on US security

Posted August 23

— WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel will moderate a discussion on Wednesday that explores climate change and its effect on our country's security.

The discussion, titled "Emerging Global Threats: Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Military Operations at Home and Abroad," will be held at the WRAL 3D Theater located at 11 W. Jones Street in downtown Raleigh from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Speakers will discuss the capability of climate disruption to increase security threats around the world, and officials will stress the idea that how countries respond to instability caused by weather events, food scarcity and sea level rise will determine whether climate change will lead to war.

According to event organizers, military families and communities in North Carolina will be some of the first to feel the effects of climate change as troops are deployed in response to disasters.

Distinguished speakers at the event will include Dr. Emlyn Koster, director of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, retired Gen. Stephen Cheney of the United States Marine Corps and Dr. David W Titley, who served as a naval officer for 32 years.

The event is sponsored by the American Security Project and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The event open to the public.

More details are available online.

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