Kerry made the remarks as part of a pep talk for negotiators working through the weekend to amend a 1987 treaty called the Montreal Protocol to deal with the chemicals used as refrigerants. "Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of [the Islamic State], and terrorism," he said. "It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself."
After claiming that climate denial in the US "hurts" American soldiers deployed overseas, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says it's a "problem" that America's "uniformed military has been reluctant" to engage in the "fight" against climate change. Whitehouse also says that the Navy is "starting to evaluate their base commanders on how well they communicate the risk of climate change".