Does global warming auger increased levels of violent conflict?

There has been a lot of speculation on the likely impacts of global warming on violent conflict across the globe. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), my former adviser and research collaborator Dr John O’Loughlin and a team of his graduate students at the University of Colorado, Boulder, present research results on this question examining violent events in East Africa. Their conclusion? Much warmer temperatures raise the risk of violence….

But there’s a lot more to it than that. The short article (warning: its highly technical) is available on open access:

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1205130109

Congratulations to them on publishing in such a prestigious journal, a first ever for political geographers.

About Dr Gerard Toal

Irish born academic living in Washington DC researching geopolitical competition and territorial conflicts in post-Communist Europe. Author of CRITICAL GEOPOLITICS (1996), BOSNIA REMADE (w C Dahlman) and NEAR ABROAD: PUTIN, THE WEST AND THE CONTEST OVER UKRAINE AND THE CAUCASUS (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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