Friday, August 26, 2011

Study on Warfare and Changing Climate

Following on my recent post, a new study in Nature finds that warfare may increase in times of changing climate.  According to, "researchers found that El Niño conditions, which generally cuts rainfall and raises temperatures in the tropics, may have played a factor in one-fifth of the world's total conflicts during the past 50 years. El Niño conditions occur every 3-7 years. While the study did not examine global climate change in conjunction with conflict, the study links a warmer world to a more conflict-prone one, as least in the tropics."

- Blake Hudson

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