A group of researchers have trawled the scientific literature and concluded from 60 studies, from Somalia and China to Colombia and the Middle East, that unusually warm weather generates more aggression and conflict, and can even lead to more political change. In parts of equatorial Africa, they suggest, every added degree of heat increases the chance of conflict between groups by 11 to 14%.
The corollary, of course, is that climate change and global warming will add significantly to conflict in future.
This is not new. The UN called Darfur the first “climate change war”, thanks to the increased temperatures and advancing sands, and conflicts over water have long been shown to increase as sources dry up or evaporate. It is also well known that people migrate more and come into conflict with others in times of drought.
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