The US intelligence community on Thursday classified India as “highly vulnerable” to climate change alongside 10 other countries.

In a new assessment by national intelligence services, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) forecast that global warming will increase geopolitical tensions and heighten risks to US national security by 2040.

These estimates consist of highly significant evaluations by the US intelligence agencies.

In addition to India, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Pakistan, Nicaragua, Columbia, Myanmar, and North Korea feature on the list as “of concern” with climate change.

Heat, drought, water availability and ineffectual government pose particular concerns to Afghanistan.

Hydrological conflicts are also an important “geopolitical flashpoint” in India and the rest of South Asia.

The report points to two other areas where there are concerns of US intelligence agencies.

The report noted divergences in global approaches to fighting climate change, noting that countries that need fossil-fuel exports to underwrite their economies will “continue to resist a quick transition to a zero-carbon world because they fear the economic, political, and geopolitical costs of doing so.”

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