Climate change is not only impacting weather events, but also affecting the global geopolitical landscape, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, where it could aggravate existing security issues and, at worst, give rise to new and unpredictable threats.

This was one of the conclusions reached by a group of panelists discussing climate security at the Shangri-La Dialogue security conference last weekend in Singapore. The panelists, including the defense ministers of New Zealand and the Maldives, the United Kingdom’s chief of naval staff, and a minister of state at Germany’s Foreign Office, warned that the effects of global warming are set to have not only economic but also security implications for the region.

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