Climate Change the Catalyst for War?

24 Nov

US researchers have found that in countries like Darfur, conflict is 50% more likely. With the strife from food shortage as result of the warming weather, the National Academy of Sciences have connected climate factors to conflict.

With the climate change talks coming around the corner in Copenhagen, issues like population increase and promoting economic development have to be addressed by all to mitigate the deadly effects of climate change. Since small shift in temperatures have monumental impacts on crop yield, time and resources must be put into initiatives to help developing countries adapt to rising temperatures.

Research leader Marshall Burke, from the University of California at Berkeley states that “investments in African adaptation to climate change by such steps as developing crop varieties less sensitive to extreme heat and promoting insurance plans to help protect farmers from adverse effects of the hotter climate”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8375949.stm

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