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Now the CIA is involved in measuring the effects of climate change.

By Ezra Klein  |  January 5, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
 
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With friends like these...

Serious though our Black Ops apparatus is bigger than the standing army of almost every nation on Earth, so we might as well get their help.

Posted by: bmull | January 5, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

should have known the article would contain such useful prognostications as:

"... Arctic thaws will open new fisheries and sea lanes for shipping and spur the hunt for undersea oil and gas worth hundreds of billions of dollars."

*sigh*

Posted by: rosshunter | January 5, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm with bmull on this. We're paying for the collection of all this data. We should get all the use out of it that we can.

Another thought, too: climate change has profound and obvious implications for transportation and travel; it may even alter the geography of our planet (rising seas submerge islands, or render low-lying areas uninhabitable), and impel mass migrations of people (from places like Bangladesh, or Florida). How much imagination does it require to see that these changes could also have important consequences for intelligence-gathering and security?

Posted by: Iconoblaster | January 6, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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