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:

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


About Gerard Toal

I am an Irish born DC based Political Geographer researching territorial conflicts and the dynamics of geopolitical competition in post-Communist Europe.
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