Climate Crossfire How NATO’s 2% military spending targets contribute to climate breakdown

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NATO’s goal of 2% spending of GDP on the military will accelerate climate breakdown by diverting billions of dollars from climate finance and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. This year alone, NATO members spent $1.26 trillion on their militaries. This report  shows that this could have paid for 12 years of promised - and still not delivered - climate finance to impoverished countries to help them deal with the climate crisis. And for the next five years, if NATO members increase their spending to 2% GDP, US$2.57 trillion will be diverted away from climate spending by 2028. This would be enough to pay for climate adaptation costs for all low- and middle-income countries for seven years.

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