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Armed conflict on the rise with global temperature increases

A team of researchers from Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and New York University just released the first qualitative study linking climate change and the risk of civil conflict. Global temperature increases could increase the likelihood of armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa as much as 50% over the next two decades. The link between conflict over food scarcity and water related to global warming has been a long-standing theory- especially for agriculture-dependent countries- but held little evidence until now. “If the sub-Saharan climate continues to warm and little is done to help its countries better adapt to high temperatures, the human costs are likely to be staggering,”, the team reports.

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