Report supports Navy concerns on global warming

Friday - 3/11/2011, 4:45pm EST

Climate change is having implications for the Navy, according to a new assessment by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

The chief of Naval Operations commissioned the National Research Council for the report, The New York Times blog Dot Earth reports.

And the National Research Council recommends the U.S. naval forces start to strengthen capabilities in the Arctic, prepare for more frequent humanitarian missions, and analyze potential vulnerabilities of seaside bases and facilities.

The ultimate consequences of future climate change remain uncertain, the assessment says that many effects - such as melting sea ice in the Arctic and rising sea levels - are already under way and require U.S. naval monitoring and action.

Naval forces need to monitor more closely and start preparing now for projected challenges climate change will present in the future, the report says.

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