Confront climate change to stop military being diverted to natural disasters, former ADF chief warns

Confront climate change to stop military being diverted to natural disasters, former ADF chief warns

Retired admiral says alternatives needed to deal with extreme weather events so defence force can be ready for security emergencies

Australia’s military will be less ready to confront other security crises if troops are increasingly required to respond to climate-related disasters, a former chief of the Australian defence force has warned.

Retired Admiral Chris Barrie made the comments in an interview with Guardian Australia as he called on the Australian government to pledge at the Glasgow climate conference to cut emissions by more than 50% by 2030, declaring: “We need to all pull together.”

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