As climate change causes floods in some areas and droughts and crop failures in others, battles over land are bound to begin?because there will be a lot less land available. A group of retired US admirals and generals has said that global warming will act as a "threat multiplier," that will topple unstable governments and unleash conflict. The crisis in Darfar, Sudan, is considered to be the first "climate change war," because it was preceded by years of drought.
The International Crisis Group, based in Belgium, monitors regions where conflicts are brewing, in hopes of stopping them before they start. In New Scientist, Jim Giles quotes ICG researcher Jack Goldstone as saying, "So far, climate change has not been powerful enough to be the main driver of conflict. Drought was a contributory factor in Darfur, not the main cause."
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