A Climate of Conflict: The Links Between Climate Change, Peace and War

TitelA Climate of Conflict: The Links Between Climate Change, Peace and War
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelPublication by International Alert
AutorInnenSmith, D, Vivekananda, J
Anzahl Seiten48 pp.
VerlagInternational Alert

A Climate of Conflict Climate change is upon us and its physical effects have started to unfold. That is the broad scientific consensus expressed in the Fourth Assessment Review of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change. This report takes this finding as its starting point and looks at the social and human consequences that are likely to ensue - particularly the risks of conflict and instability. The impact of climate change will make the poorest communities across the world poorer. Many of them are already affected by conflict and instability and thus face a dual risk. The consequences of climate change will fuel violent conflict, which itself hinders the ability of governments and local communities to adapt to the pressures of climate change. This dual problem has a unified solution. Developing a society's ability to handle conflicts will enhance its capacity to adapt to climate change - though the tasks seem different, the capacities to carry them out are effectively the same. Equally, a capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change will head off destabilising conflicts. Where climate change and violent conflict create a potential vicious circle of destructive effects, adaptation and peacebuilding combine to construct a virtuous circle of increasing stability.

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