The Communist regime in North Korea has threatened the smaller island of Guam with the launch of ballistic missiles, however some scientists say the U.S. territory is usually already feeling the effects of another “serious” enemy.
“Scientists in Guam, however, say they have at least one some other major threat in mind: climate change.”
“We know in which in which’s serious,” Austin J. Shelton III, a marine biologist along with the executive director of the Center for Island Sustainability at the University of Guam said inside the Times article. “Some of the impacts are here, along having a lot more are coming.”
One concern is usually reef damage, which could hurt the $1.4 billion tourism sector in which, according to the Guam Visitors Bureau, accounts for 60 percent of Guam’s yearly business revenue along with nearly one third of its nonfederal employment.
The Times cited a 2007 study by the University of Guam Marine Laboratory in which estimated the economic value of Guam’s coral reefs to be $2 million per square kilometer, or 0.4 square mile, along with nearly $15 million per square kilometer at a 2,153-foot area “known for its diving along with snorkeling sites.”
“Do these tourists want to return if they don’t see a live reef?” Peter Houk, a coral reef specialist, said inside the Times article. “I don’t know the answer to in which.”
“A 2012 study by the American Security Project, a research group in Washington, said in which Guam’s military installations were among the 5 most vulnerable American ones worldwide to coastal erosion, extreme weather, rising sea levels along with some other projected climate change impacts,” the Times reported.
“Obviously you can’t run a war coming from a base in which’s without power along with water” after a major storm, Andrew Holland, the group’s director of studies, said, citing a 2002 typhoon in which hit the island along with left in which without electrical power for “weeks.”
The Times reported in which in June the House Armed Services Committee passed an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act in which could require the secretary of defense to report on how climate change could affect American military installations over the next 20 years.