Islands face struggle to get UN Security Council to see climate change as security threat

The Marshall Islands and other low-lying island nations are appealing to the U.N. Security Council to recognize climate change as a threat to international security that jeopardizes their very survival.

But Tony deBrum, a minister and assistant to the Marshall Islands president, said the island nations are facing opposition from Russia, China and a group of mainly developing nations, who argue that the Security Council is the wrong place to address climate change. The islands are already being inundated with sea water.

DeBrum told reporters after a closed Security Council meeting Friday on the "Security Dimensions of Climate Change" that he hopes more council members will be convinced that "this is a security issue and not just an economic-political-social issue."