by Laura Spadanuta, Assistant Editor
Australia's top police officer is calling climate change this century's top security risk.
Australia's top police officer is warning that climate change could pose this century's greatest security risk, according to news.com of Australia. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty cites the possible water and food shortages that could drive millions of people to cross oceans and borders.
Additionally, the article reports that the Australian Strategic Policy Institute said the climate change would require the military to conduct more disaster relief missions and spend more time protecting borders.
Australia's Labor party said that the federal government has left the country unprepared for climate change risks:
Federal Labor said such threats posed critical questions for the nation's strategic and capability planning.
"Yet the Howard Government is still working off a Defence White Paper developed in the late 1990s and released in the year 2000, which takes no account of the implications of climate change,'' defence spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon said.