Greenhouse gas emissions have once again broken records, despite global efforts to halt rising levels. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), carbon dioxide and methane levels have reached 147% and 259% of the 1750 per-industrial levels, respectively. Another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide, has risen to 123% of pre-industrial levels. There is no sign of these emissions slowing, despite increasing global efforts to curb greenhouse gases.

Global warming associated with increased greenhouse gas emissions will pose a significant security risk to states across the globe. The US will face challenges from food shortages, extreme weather patterns, rising sea levels, and mass migrations. It is absolutely necessary that programs are implemented to mitigate these threats as it is no longer possible to reverse the effects of climate change.

-Nick C.