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Climate Change: A Threat Multiplier?

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Research Professor Gerry Galloway recently shared new insights on why climate change poses risks to U.S. national security interests at home and abroad.

In the Oct. 4 edition of KCRW's To the Point, Galloway explained, "Climate change is going to create stress. It’s going to see intense storms, it’s going to see the challenge of drought – the very things that have caused some unrest in various parts of the world already. When major floods occur, you end up with migration, when there is no food, people move to new locations. The military must be aware of that stress."

Galloway is an associate with the University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience and a visiting scholar with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland following a 38-year career in the U.S. Army, retiring as Brigadier General, and served eight additional years in the federal government, most of which was associated with water resources management.

To the Point is a fast-paced, news-based program that focuses on the hot-button national issues of the day. Hosted by award-winning journalist Warren Olney, the hour-long show presents informative and thought-provoking discussion of major news stories and front-page issues. 

Published October 5, 2016