ADF needs increased disaster capacity

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By Brendan Nicholson*

The capacity of the Australian Defence Force and other key agencies must be increased urgently to enable them to deal simultaneously with climate-driven disasters at home and in the region while countering worsening security threats, food shortages and mass people movements.

This grim warning is delivered by climate change specialist Robert Glasser in a report, The rapidly emerging crisis on our doorstep, released by ASPI today. An internationally respected climate specialist, Glasser was previously the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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