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Today marks the official launch of Global Warning, a new site that tracks climate change issues from a national security standpoint.

The site is a project of Northwestern University’s renowned Medill School of Journalism, and is fed by a team of eight reporters led by Josh Meyer, a former national security reporter for the Los Angeles times, and Ellen Shearer, a professor at Medill.

Stories posted today include a look at the impact of stronger hurricanes on the nation’s oil infrastructure, how melting glaciers will affect regional stability in the Andes, and concerns about the spread of infectious diseases.

While some like to pretend that the science climate change is an open question subject to debate, military and intelligence planners take the threat seriously and are planning accordingly. It’s refreshing to see a news site that takes a scientific, rather than political, approach to the issue.

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.