Combat Vs. Climate: The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

For release Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dear partners: Thank you for helping us spread the word about the Institute for Policy Studies’s “Combat Vs. Climate: The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared” Report. Please use the hashtag #CombatVsClimate when sharing with your community.

You can find the executive summary and full report on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 here.


  • U.S. military calls #ClimateChange an urgent threat, but its budget doesn’t #CombatVsClimate [Image 1]
  • It’s time for the U.S. military to make a #CleanEnergy transition #CombatVsClimate [Image 2]
  • Spending on ineffective military equipment hinders U.S. fight against #ClimateChange #CombatVsClimate [Image 3]
  • China invests more into climate security than the U.S.  #CombatVsClimate [Image 4]
  • New from @IPS_DC: U.S. hasn’t released a #ClimateChange budget since 2013, so we stepped in. #CombatVsClimate
  • New @ips_dc report on #CombatVsClimate provides solutions for DoD to improve military budget for #ClimateChange


  • Breaking: The U.S. military calls climate change an urgent and growing threat; however, its budget doesn’t reflect the magnitude of this threat. Read the new report on the #CombatVsClimate by the Institute for Policy Studies at
  • A new report by IPS found that the U.S. is (1) spending much less on fight against climate change compared to traditional military security and (2) hasn’t produced a budget for climate security since 2013. How can we we fix this? Read on:
  • The Obama administration just announced a comprehensive strategy on climate change and national security, but there was no mention of money. This new IPS report provides the most accurate climate change budget available, telling how much it would cost and where the money would come from.
  • A new IPS report found that by cancelling the ineffective and expensive F-35 aircraft, we could build enough offshore wind projects to power 320,000 homes every year. Read more here:


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Miriam Pemberton directs the Peace Economy Transitions project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Ellen Powell is part of the Rapid Response team at the Christian Science Monitor. Nathan Doctor is a graduate student at Sciences Politiques in Paris.

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