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CIA closes dedicated climate change unit

• RawStory.com
 The CIA has shuttered its unit dedicated to studying the impact of climate change on national security, shifting its activities elsewhere, an official said Tuesday.

“As part of a broader realignment of analytic resources, this work continues to be performed by a dedicated team in a new office that looks at economic and energy matters affecting America’s national security,” said CIA spokesman Todd Ebitz.

“The mission and the resources devoted to it remain essentially unchanged.”

The Center on Climate Change and National Security was founded in 2009 under the leadership of then CIA director Leon Panetta, who now heads the Pentagon.

It was aimed at studying the security ramifications of climate-related issues such as desertification, rising sea levels, migration and competition for natural resources.

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