Climate change, armed violence and conflict

The relationship betweem climate change and armed conflict is complex. Some evidence points towards changes in weather patterns leading to upticks in armed violence and conflict. These changes usually result in localised violence, rather than inter-state warfare. Our resources explore these realtionships and the research behind them.

Climate change, armed violence and conflict

The relationship betweem climate change and armed conflict is complex. Some evidence points towards changes in weather patterns leading to upticks in armed violence and conflict. These changes usually result in localised violence, rather than inter-state warfare. Our resources explore these realtionships and the research behind them.

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Climate change and armed conflict

Our resources climate change and armed conflict look at the connections between a warming world and patterns of violence across the planet. Our resources explore many of the most complex and controvercial topics in the rapidly chaning field. Our resources climate...

Climate change, armed violence and conflict

Climate, drought and conflict in the Horn of Africa

A new drought has swept across the Horn of Africa, creating widespread displacement. With drought playing a key role in the wider crisis, it is important to examine the role of climate change in contributing to the situation.

Unpacking climate, migration and armed conflict

Climate change related displacement and migration are often viewed as security concerns, particularly among policy makers and the media. Headlines in recent years, for example, have focused on drought and environmental refugees in Syria, attributing some of the...

Video lecture: the crisis in Syria and role of climate change

This talk makes the case that there are powerful connections between climate change and the conflict in Syria. However, the story given by the mainstream media about these connections was not always accurate. This talk unpacks both the media story and the scientific...

Syria and climate change – podcast / lecture

During 2015 the media started connecting climate change with the conflict in Syria and subsequent refugee movements across Europe. But did they get it right? This lecture was recorded at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Many media reports were in direct response...

Syria and climate change: did the media get it right?

​ In 2015 the media exploded with stories about the link between climate change and the violence in Syria. But did they get it right? This digital report argues that while there are important links between climate change and the Syrian situation, the media has got it...

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