background preloader

Violence and climate

Facebook Twitter

Global warming contributed to Syria's 2011 uprising, scientists claim. The prolonged and devastating drought that sparked the mass migration of rural workers into Syrian cities before the 2011 uprising was probably made worse by greenhouse gas emissions, US scientists say.

Global warming contributed to Syria's 2011 uprising, scientists claim

‘By 2050, 20% jump possible in risk of hunger due to climate change’ The risk of hunger and malnutrition could increase by 20 per cent due to climate change by 2050, endangering the lives of millions of people, a UN agency has warned.

‘By 2050, 20% jump possible in risk of hunger due to climate change’

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says climate change is making disasters, such as floods and droughts, more frequent and intense, land and water more scarce and difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve. The WFP study comes as nations are making efforts to finalise a draft text for a global deal on climate change in Paris this year aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Call climate change what it is: violence. If you're poor, the only way you're likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

Call climate change what it is: violence

But if you're tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you're the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions.

And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth. So do the carbon barons. Anthropology, the Anthropocene, and the Military. White House: Climate change threatens national security. The Obama administration looks at climate change as a threat to national security on par with terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and disease outbreaks.

White House: Climate change threatens national security

President Obama’s national security strategy released Friday updates the previous plan published in 2010, with focuses on Russia, Islamic militants and health. Will climate change trigger endless war? British soldiers might be deployed more frequently to respond to new climate-induced disasters in remote regions.

Will climate change trigger endless war?

Photograph: David Cheskin/PA A new study published in the journal Science finds that climate change is strongly linked to human violence around the world. Based on more data than ever studied before - and looking at all major regions of the world from the United States to Somalia - the study unearthed a pattern of conflict linked to even minor climatic changes, including increased droughts or higher than average temperatures. Climate change will increase threat of war, Chris Huhne to warn. Climate change will lead to an increased threat of wars, violence and military action against the UK, and risks reversing the progress of civilisation, the energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne will say on Thursday, in his strongest warning yet that the lack of progress on greenhouse gas emission cuts would damage the UK's national interests.

Climate change will increase threat of war, Chris Huhne to warn

"Climate change is a threat multiplier. Climate change linked to violent behaviour. Bring on the cool weather – climate change is predicted to cause extreme weather, more intense storms, more frequent floods and droughts, but could it also cause us to be more violent with one another?

Climate change linked to violent behaviour

A new study from scientists in the US controversially draws a link between increased rates of domestic violence, assault and other violent crimes and a warming climate. That conflict could be a major result of global warming has long been accepted. As climate change makes vulnerable parts of the world more susceptible to weather-related problems, people move from an afflicted region to neighbouring areas, bringing them into conflict with the existing populations. That pattern has been evident around the world, and experts have even posited that conflicts such as Darfur should be regarded as climate related. Rise in violence 'linked to climate change' 2 August 2013Last updated at 03:18 ET By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC World Service.

Rise in violence 'linked to climate change'

Climate change is here now and it could lead to global conflict. The record rainfall and storm surges that have brought flooding across the UK are a clear sign that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change.

Climate change is here now and it could lead to global conflict

Many commentators have suggested that we are suffering from unprecedented extreme weather. There are powerful grounds for arguing that this is part of a trend. Four of the five wettest years recorded in the UK have occurred from the year 2000 onwards. Over that same period, we have also had the seven warmest years. That is not a coincidence. A warmer atmosphere holds more water. But it is not just here that the impacts of climate change have been felt through extreme weather events over the past few months. Argentina had one of its worst heatwaves in late December, while parts of Brazil were struck by floods and landslides following record rainfall. This is a pattern of global change that it would be very unwise to ignore. What we have experienced so far is surely small relative to what could happen in the future.

Delay is dangerous.