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CIA ends secretive climate research project

May 24, 2015 | Comment icon 48 comments



Global warming continues to represent an ongoing problem for humanity. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Jason Auch
The CIA has pulled the plug on a project designed to investigate climate-related security threats.
The program, which was known as Medea ( Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis ), was launched back in 1992 under the George H.W. Bush administration.

This secretive initiative offered civilian scientists access for the first time to classified environmental data collected by spy satellites and the military so that it could be used to determine the ways in which climate change might lead to security threats across the globe.

The arrangement was mutually beneficial as it gave scientists the chance to work with higher quality data than they would normally have access to while the CIA benefited from their findings.

Now however in an unexpected move the agency has opted to shut the whole thing down.

"Under the Medea program to examine the implications of climate change, CIA participated in various projects," a CIA spokesman said in a statement.
"These projects have been completed and CIA will employ these research results and engage external experts as it continues to evaluate the national security implications of climate change."

The move has raised a lot of questions such as why the program would be closed down now at a time when climate change has become more of an issue than ever before.

It is also unclear how much military climate data will be made available to scientists moving forward.

"The climate problems are getting worse in a way that our data systems are not equipped to handle," said political scientist Marc Levy. "There's a growing gap between what we can currently get our hands on, and what we need to respond better."

"So that's inconsistent with the idea that Medea has run out of useful things to do."

Source: Mother Jones | Comments (48)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #39 Posted by regeneratia 7 years ago
Yes. I realize that you really don't like the US. That's been made abundantly clear. They are clearly to blame for every single issue in the world all nebulously carried out by the CIA. As far as empire-building goes, they're doing a pretty crappy job if that's the end goal. And there's ostensibly been like 40 years of covert empire building. The consideration does only require minimal levels of thinking. And like, many considerations that require minimal thinking, is complete and utter BS. Correlation. Causation. These are not trivial topics. Very easy to screw up though, as we can see here. ... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by Br Cornelius 7 years ago
Socrates.junior - you should read some Chomsky - meticulously referenced and researched and where I get a lot of my belief from. Br Cornelius
Comment icon #41 Posted by socrates.junior 7 years ago
- Comment removed - No, just this one. I like to keep all the trademark sass in one place. If you had bothered to look at the autism correlations post, you would have seen that it was also (like me) pointing out that correlations are a tricksy little game to play if you don't understand them. But I'm not surprised that you didn't. EDIT: To Brother. What books of his would you recommend? I have a fair amount of free time at the present. EDIT: I have previously made my views known on the selective strict empiricism that you employ, regeneratia. Not interested anymore.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Br Cornelius 7 years ago
Hegemony or Survival - America's quest for global dominance, is a good place to start. Br Cornelius
Comment icon #43 Posted by regeneratia 7 years ago
Socrates.junior - you should read some Chomsky - meticulously referenced and researched and where I get a lot of my belief from. Br Cornelius He is said to be one of the smartest person in the world.
Comment icon #44 Posted by regeneratia 7 years ago
No, just this one. I like to keep all the trademark sass in one place. If you had bothered to look at the autism correlations post, you would have seen that it was also (like me) pointing out that correlations are a tricksy little game to play if you don't understand them. But I'm not surprised that you didn't. EDIT: To Brother. What books of his would you recommend? I have a fair amount of free time at the present. EDIT: I have previously made my views known on the selective strict empiricism that you employ, regeneratia. Not interested anymore. Yes, we see that when governments are reporting... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by socrates.junior 7 years ago
Yes, we see that when governments are reporting to their citizens. Skewed, slanted, inaccurate, ... legally now, since 2013. If you cannot hold governments up to the standards that you propose, then don't ask me to maintain those standards. My posts are minor. Governments' deliberate inaccuracies kill people, poison people, harm people. You are the strict one, darling. Enforce that value on the governments, not me. I am the one that allows for independent thinking. Not you. Hmmm. Not interested in the correlations game anymore? Just as well. Excusing yourself from making sense because the gove... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by MeOnlyMe 7 years ago
A fact is something you can hold in your hand, see with your own eyes the original, something you experience. A report is something someone is telling us, whether we hear it, read it, or see copies of it. And of course, we all know what opinions are. Many times, reports pose as facts, yet are NOT facts. Many opinions pose as facts and reports, but really are opinions. In this media, by it’s very nature, there are really quite few facts. Facts are Rare on the internet. It has to be about itself to be a fact. All is report or opinion. So you are telling us, that the United States Central Intelli... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by regeneratia 7 years ago
Hmmm. Not interested in the correlations game anymore? Just as well. Excusing yourself from making sense because the government doesn't is a little iffy. But I'll agree with you, governments in general are a rascally bunch. I don't like them either. Thanks for the compliment. Simply because a thought is "independent" does not give give it a special status. I can, independent of logic or reason, conclude all types of silly things. What separates you and I is that I don't feel the need to conclude those silly things. I think it is merely a way for you to hijack my point. You would never make a S... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by socrates.junior 7 years ago
I think it is merely a way for you to hijack my point. I'm not sure what "it" is. Probably the correlation game. I'm sorry I went and hijacked it back on course to reality. It was more fun the other way. You would never make a Sherlock. Definitely not. Just as well though, it's not what I'm aiming for. Though he did have a forensic geology flair to him that I always enjoyed.


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