Global climate changes could lead to violence

Posted on November 19, 2008 

Global climate changes could lead to violence

A warmer planet could find itself more often at war.

The Earth’s fast-changing climate has a range of serious thinkers — from military brass to geographers to diplomats — predicting a spate of armed conflicts driven by the weather.

Shifting temperatures lead to shifting populations, they say, and that throws together groups with long-standing rivalries and thrusts them into competition for food and water.

“It’s not hard to imagine violent outbursts,” said Julianne Smith of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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