Illinois will be home to a new center to analyze how national security will be affected by climate change. The goal of the new Center for Integrated Resiliency Analyses at Argonne National Laboratory is to develop strategies for dealing with severe weather brought on by climate change. The establishment of the center was announced Wednesday.
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The center’s director, John Hummel, says like threats from terrorism or hostile countries, climate change will have an impact on national security. “So what we want to be able to do is to make our regions, communities, more resilient,” Hummel said, “and what resiliency means is being able to respond, recover, adapt, and mitigate the various kinds of disruptive events that can be facing us.”
Hummel says being better prepared for the effects of climate change will also have economic benefits, by reducing the costs of recovering from natural disasters.
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