Clean Energy & Climate Change

APS asks members of Congress to request a copy of the climate change report mandated by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The report is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018. APS would also like Congress to discuss this report with APS members and/or other members of the scientific community.

Section 335 (A) of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed with large bipartisan support, specifically states that “climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States”. Furthermore, the NDAA mandates that the military write a report by the end of 2018 examining the effects of climate change on military installations and where a changing climate could threaten global and regional stability.

For decades, the Executive Branch and Congress have exhibited awareness of the negative global implications of a changing climate. Reports from administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have detailed the potential for disruption and conflict, refugee crises, border tensions and more military conflicts as a result of abrupt climate change.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke to this sentiment in his 2017 Senate confirmation testimony stating that “Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today.”

When the military publishes its report by the end of 2018, as mandated by the NDAA, APS would like Congressional offices to request a copy of the report and discuss it with APS member constituents and/or other members of the scientific community.

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Take Action on Clean Energy & Climate Change

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Project

In 2015, the American Physical Society (APS) released its Statement on Earth’s Changing Climate. As a follow-up activity, the Society conducted an internal analysis of its day-to-day operations and select associated activities to determine its 2015 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory, or carbon footprint. The GHG Inventory Advisory Committee oversaw this project and provided a set of recommendations to the APS CEO aimed at reducing and/or mitigating the Society’s GHG emissions.

Helium Issues

Helium is essential for achieving the extremely cold temperatures required by many current and emerging technologies as well as for advanced scientific research. The demand for helium has been steadily increasing, and there is every reason to believe that this will continue. In view of the importance of this irreplaceable resource, measures must be taken to conserve and advance the nation's helium reserves.