All Hell Breaking Loose:
The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change
Michael Klare is a recognized expert on global resources and the impact of the environment on them. In All Hell Breaking Loose, he talks about the perhaps surprising fact that the US military takes climate change very seriously, having encountered its effects first-hand. In conflicts abroad, in which climate change is a factor, and as first responders to hurricanes, forest, fires and floods in our own country, the military sees climate change as a threat to national security, and is developing ways to deal with it.
"With an impressively global breadth of knowledge, Michael Klare shows us the various ways in which the Pentagon understands all the dimensions of climate change―and is planning to cope with it. After all, our armed forces are, among other things, a worldwide apparatus for intelligence-gathering and strategic planning. On this greatest issue of our times, we ignore their findings at our peril.”
―Adam Hochschild, author of Lessons from a Dark Time and King Leopold’s Ghost
“After a lifetime of critical reporting on our war machine, Michael Klare has the contacts and insights to make this new book very useful indeed: it shows that inside the Pentagon people have begun to take climate change quite seriously, and helps us think about what might mean going forward. Fascinating reporting!”
―Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Michael Klare's previous books include Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet, The Race for What's Left, Resource Wars, and Blood and Oil. He is Five College professor emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College.