Climate Change May Lead to War

December 18, 2007 • Climate Change & Mitigation, News

Thanks to Felix Kloman for this article.


From the monthly newsletter of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado:

Climate Change May Lead to War

A new study finds that long-term climate change with its resulting food shortages, population shifts, and economic instability can lead to war and population decline.

The study, published November 19 in the early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed that as temperatures decreased centuries ago during a period called the Little Ice Age, the number of wars increased, famine occurred, and the population declined.

Peter Brecke, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a co-author of the study said that even though temperatures are increasing now, the same resulting conflicts may occur, as 80 percent of the world’s wars from 1400 to 1900 were triggered by ecological disasters, like food shortages and famine caused by extreme weather.

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