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By Robert A. Vella

In its Journey to Planet Earth series, the newly released documentary titled Extreme Realities focuses on the current and future political consequences of climate change.  Narrated by actor Matt Damon, the film reveals how climate-induced food and resource shortages in a globalized economy are causing social unrest in regions such as the Middle East and southern Asia.  Examples include the triggering of the Arab Spring by rising grain prices, and the displacement of 20 million Bangladeshis by massive flooding;  although, these kinds of problems are now occurring throughout the world.  As the planet continues to warm, and much faster than expected, political instability is expected to increase in terms of frequency and severity.  This poses a grave national security threat to every government on Earth.

Watch the video:  Journey to Planet Earth – Extreme Realities

Further reading:  New PBS Special ‘Extreme Realities’ Explores Security Threat From Climate Change