Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last week declared climate change an existential threat that “is making the world more unsafe and we need to act.

“We in the Department of Defense are committed to doing our part, from increasing the energy efficiency of our platforms and installations, to deploying clean distributed generation and energy storage, to electrifying our own vehicle fleets,” Austin said during a climate summit, adding that “none of us can tackle this problem alone.”

The same day, DOD announced it will be using the DOD Climate Assessment Tool, or DCAT – first released last year – to provide data to leaders at every installation to determine major climate hazards and where more analysis is needed.

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