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Climate Greatest Threat to Sweden

Published tisdag 4 december 2007 kl 11.00

Climate change is the most serious threat faced by Sweden in the coming years, that’s according to a report published by Sweden’s parliamentary defence committee.

The committee, which includes members from all parliamentary parties, urged a rapid and dramatic reduction in the reliance on fossil fuels with the use of greater energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

A military attack on the Nordic nation was described as still highly unlikely, with the report’s authors saying that the number of conflicts between states had fallen in the past 20 years.

The committee warns however that 21st century warfare could well target countries’ sources of information technology rather than physical assets, with the use of electromagnetic weapons and in severe cases, nuclear weapons.

Sweden’s small Left Party is alone in its opposition to the report, arguing the document’s stance undermines Sweden’s neutrality by being too pro-NATO and pro-EU.

The party also wants Sweden to withdraw from the EU altogether, and end Sweden’s participation in the Partnership for Peace, a bilateral cooperation programme between individual countries and NATO.

The Left Party is also opposed to seeing Swedish troops involved in an EU-led peacekeeping force set to see action in Chad, close to its border with Sudan’s war-torn Darfur province.

Meanwhile, a study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US has warned European troops risk becoming bogged down in the region, and face a far longer term commitment than is currently planned.

Sweden’s contingent of some 200 troops is due to begin operations in the region early next year.

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