Climate Change Increases Risk of War

Heatwaves, droughts and other severe weather events are increasing the risk of wars breaking out across the world, scientists say they have proved.

The researchers carried out a statistical analysis of the outbreak of armed conflicts and climate-related natural disasters between 1980 and 2010.

Their findings – that nearly one in four conflicts in ethnically divided countries coincided with “climatic calamities” – suggest that war should be added to the usual list of problems likely to be caused by global warming, such as sea level rise, crop failures, water shortages and floods.

US Naval Forces Central Command/US Fifth Fleet/Lenny Lacrosse


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