This story is over 5 years old.


The US Navy Really Seems To Like 'Rolling Stone'

The magazine published a 5,500 word article about why the military thinks climate change is a national security threat, and the Navy is promoting the piece on its social media.
Image via Department of the Navy Task Force Energy

VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here.

An extensive Rolling Stone report examining how climate change is expected to impact American national security is getting some social-media love from beyond the magazine's usual fan base.

The US Navy has plugged the story by a magazine once billed as the organ of the counterculture, adding that climate change "is not only a threat to the #environment but a threat to our national security."

"Coastal military bases and US Navy missions on seas are at risk," the Facebook page of the service's Task Force Energy noted. "#Military readiness could be compromised by these #environmental changes. Read about the challenges the Pentagon faces posed by a changing #climate."

The nearly 5,500-word Rolling Stone piece outlines how the armed forces — particularly the Navy — are having to grapple with the issue even as they face a hostile audience in Congress for any action to deal with a problem most influential Republicans refuse to acknowledge.

The Defense Department has been outspoken on the issue in recent years, with a major Pentagon report calling the issue a "threat multiplier." For the Navy, that means not only having to deal with potential conflicts overseas; it means protecting installations like its massive Atlantic Fleet base in Norfolk, Virginia, which is already having to deal with periodic coastal flooding from a rising ocean.