Peace, Conflict, National Security, Climate Change

 

PEACE, CONFLICT, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change action - that is mitigation of climate change and global warming - is directly tied to the maintenance of peace. In the absence of substantial mitigating action, climate change is expected to lead increasingly to severe food and water shortages in many areas, in addition to coastal flooding, eventually leading to mass migrations and increased conflicts worldwide. That is, unchecked global warming will increasingly lead to the breakdown of peace, and threats to national and international security.

See HERE for a 2015 report on climate change and national security from the U.S. Defense Department, which says: The US Department of Defense "recognizes the reality of climate change and the significant risk it poses to U.S. interests globally. The National Security Strategy, issued in February 2015, is clear that climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water. These impacts are already occurring, and the scope, scale, and intensity of these impacts are projected to increase over time."

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Potential Nuclear Conflict and Climate Change

 

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Report: Climate Change Can Contribute to Regional Conflicts

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's (SIPRI) released a new report describing the effects climate change has on regional conflicts. The report states that climate-driven events, such as droughts and food insecurity, can contribute to potentially violent conflict. Rob van Riet of the World Future Council said, "Existing threats - like resource shortages, poverty, famine, terrorism or extreme ideology - are only amplified by climate change." Those most heavily hit are North Africa and the Middle East where increased temperatures have dried up agriculture and grazing land. One region of Nigeria has lost 60,000 lives over the last 15 years due to a conflict between grazers and farmers. Climate impacts have also increased the amount of refugees moving to new countries, which can sometimes overwhelm regional institutions and place a strain on resources. This sudden influx can worsen the relationship between refugees and a country's citizens, such as the mass migration Germany recently experienced. SIPRI director Dan Smith has advocated for a collaborative effort between agencies at the United Nations to address the issue of climate migration.

 
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