EarthWars :: Climate monster droughts, floods, fires and heatwaves increase the chance of nuclear war, terrorism, civil wars and violence.
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On a planet world increasingly feeling the effects of climate change, we must all look at the role climate plays in igniting and inflaming conflicts. [Hertsgaard]
Will the extreme drought that is gripping the Southwestern United States trigger more civil unrest, or fuel the potential for a regional war, or even a national civil war? The drought in the Southwestern United States has made for the driest two decades the region has seen for the last 1,300 years. [Galliher]
Could it be that Russia was willing to invade the Ukraine so it can feed itself and control the sales of grain to other countries? Even though Ukraine, a major grain exporter, has been hit by several droughts in recent years, it may continue to be one of the most important grain production areas in the world. [Goble]
Climate change has been impacting food production in many other countries as well. Big decreases in output threatens the stability of food prices, and in turn, the stability of societies and governments around the world.
Food security is just one of the many reasons climate change is increasing the chance of violent crime, civil wars, gang violence, other crimes and world war.
Check out the links below for a few of the important articles on conflict and the escalation of 'EarthWars'.
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Cool the Earth Wars, Stele Ely
Extreme Drought Is Crashing Food Production Whether Russia Invades or Not
By Mark Hertsgaard
Dire forecast: A theoretical model of the impact of climate change on crime
By Robert Agnew
Global warming to increase violent crime in the United States
Ryan D Harp and Kristopher B Karnauskas
How Climate Change Could Worsen Gun Violence
Criminologist Daniel Semenza says global warming may devastate communities already hit hardest by shootings.
By Jennifer Mascia
Is Climate Change Fueling Civil War?
By Lisa Marshall
Will Climate Change Lead To War?
Environmental disruption can 'load the dice' and increase risk of conflict, experts warn
By Julia O'driscoll
Stanford-Led Study Investigates How Much Climate Change Affects The Risk Of Armed Conflict
As global temperatures climb, the risk of armed conflict is expected to increase substantially, according to experts across several fields.
By Devon Ryan
Experts Say The First Wars Over Climate Are Already Starting To Happen
More climate change-driven warfare could break out in Asia, Africa and the Arctic.
By Brooke Migdon
Is Climate Change Causing More Wars?
As climate change has caused global temperatures to rise, there also seems to be an ever-growing number of conflicts around the world. So, what is the evidence linking climate change to war?
By Vishva Bhatt
Global Warming Risks Increase in Conflicts
The connection between climate change and conflict poses an outsized threat to countries in the global south, experts say.
By Kaia Hubbard
Crop Failures In Russia Point To Serious Shortages Of Bread And Potatoes Ahead
By Paul Goble and The Jamestown Foundation
Excerpts: "For several years, food prices have been rising in Russia, forcing the population to purchase ever cheaper products (Profile.ru, September 20). The government has tried to rein in prices, while avoiding having those top-down interventions lead to the empty store shelves that were a feature of Soviet times—a sight that would surely constitute a serious political problem if it were to appear again (Free Press, August 1).
However, a combination of two larger factors makes it likely that some shelves will, indeed, be bare in the coming months. First, as a result of climate change, Russian farmers have faced flooding in some food-growing regions and drought in others, sending the production of bread and potatoes down. Second, authorities face difficulties in restraining price increases or purchasing additional supplies abroad because of the large number of players in the food chain, declining production in many countries and the weakness of the ruble. As a result, Russian experts warn, domestic consumers will need to tighten their belts. Yet if Russians cannot find enough traditional base staples like bread and potatoes, they will become angrier and lash out at their rulers." ...
"Experts are already saying Russians will have no choice in the coming months but to "tighten their belts"— a message few will want to hear and that the government can send only at its peril. It is one thing for people to have to purchase cheaper cuts of meat; it is quite another to not be able to afford or find bread and potatoes. When these shortages hit home, most likely after the first of the year, when supplies from last year's crop run out, they will constitute a political threat to the regime far larger than any "smart voting" or opposition agitation." ...
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis
By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (Editor)
All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers, across generations, geographies, and race—and aims to advance a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis. These women offer a spectrum of ideas and insights for how we can rapidly, radically reshape society.
Intermixing essays with poetry and art, this book is both a balm and a guide for knowing and holding what has been done to the world, while bolstering our resolve never to give up on one another or our collective future. We must summon truth, courage, and solutions to turn away from the brink and toward life-giving possibility. Curated by two climate leaders, the book is a collection and celebration of visionaries who are leading us on a path toward all we can save.
With essays and poems by:
Emily Atkin • Xiye Bastida • Ellen Bass • Colette Pichon Battle • Jainey K. Bavishi • Janine Benyus • adrienne maree brown • Régine Clément • Abigail Dillen • Camille T. Dungy • Rhiana Gunn-Wright • Joy Harjo • Katharine Hayhoe • Mary Annaïse Heglar • Jane Hirshfield • Mary Anne Hitt • Ailish Hopper • Tara Houska, Zhaabowekwe • Emily N. Johnston • Joan Naviyuk Kane • Naomi Klein • Kate Knuth • Ada Limón • Louise Maher-Johnson • Kate Marvel • Gina McCarthy • Anne Haven McDonnell • Sarah Miller • Sherri Mitchell, Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset • Susanne C. Moser • Lynna Odel • Sharon Olds • Mary Oliver • Kate Orff • Jacqui Patterson • Leah Penniman • Catherine Pierce • Marge Piercy • Kendra Pierre-Louis • Varshini • Prakash • Janisse Ray • Christine E. Nieves Rodriguez • Favianna Rodriguez • Cameron Russell • Ash Sanders • Judith D. Schwartz • Patricia Smith • Emily Stengel • Sarah Stillman • Leah Cardamore Stokes • Amanda Sturgeon • Maggie Thomas • Heather McTeer Toney • Alexandria Villaseñor • Alice Walker • Amy Westervelt • Jane Zelikova
10 FACTS ABOUT HUNGER IN RUSSIA
By Chace Pulley
Excerpts: Poverty and Hunger: Poverty is the primary factor behind hunger in Russia. Other than those living in dire poverty, most of the population consumes over 2,100 calories daily—well above the 1,900 calories a day guideline that the Food and Agricultural Organizations of the United Nations (FAO) set. Those with higher incomes in Russia ingest over 3,000 calories a day, similar to those living in developed nations.
Does climate change cause conflict?
By Emilie Yam
Excerpts: A growing body of evidence suggests there are strong links between climate and conflict in both developed and developing countries. The effects of climate change, such as changes in temperature and precipitation, can increase the likelihood and intensity of conflict and violence.
An influential paper, published in 2015, synthesized 55 studies and found that changes in temperatures and precipitation patterns increase the risk of conflict: every 1 degree Celsius increase in temperature increases conflict between individuals (for example, assault, murder) by 2.4% and conflict between groups (for example, riots, civil war) by 11.3%.
Given that developing countries in tropical regions will likely experience the biggest rise in hot days due to climate change, this adds yet another dimension to the climate change burden carried by low-income countries. The 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change identified by the University of Notre Dame's index are all dealing with armed conflict. Seven of them are also included on the International Rescue Committee's list of countries with humanitarian crises most likely to deteriorate in 2021.
Burning Earth: Climate Wars
By Gary Symons
Excerpts: If you like hard science fiction in the style of Michael Crichton, Dan Brown or The Expanse Series, and you're concerned or curious about climate change, you'll want to read Burning Earth: Climate Wars.
This novel uses hard science to portray a future in which superpowers battle for resources in a world devastated by global warming, and where two reporters race to halt an extinction-level thermonuclear war.
Climate Wars is written as a fast-paced sci fi thriller, leavened with a healthy dose of humour, adventure and romance, but at its heart the novel is based on the hard reality of climate change predictions from the world's leading climatologists, and researched by the author, a seasoned and award winning investigative journalist.
In the future Earth of Climate Wars, rising nationalism and regional wars have hampered the world's attempt to rein in the accelerating impacts of global warming. By 2101 the planet has warmed by 4 degrees Celsius, creating a 'Burning Earth' scenario.
The seas have risen by over two metres, burying cities and entire regions below the ocean waves. Desertification and extreme heat have made wide swaths of the equatorial belt largely uninhabitable, touching off deadly famines and pandemics that kill billions of people, and create billions of climate refugees.
Against the backdrop of destruction, world governments in the hotter regions go to war over land and water resources with those nations lucky enough to be located in cooler climate zones.
Is Climate Change Responsible for The Conflicts We're Seeing Around the World Today?
The relationship between a heating planet and violent clashes is complex — and critical.
By John Vidal
Excerpts: "This is where I keep my weapon," said Lolem, a young Karamojong cattle herder. Digging below the surface of the bone-dry ground in northern Uganda, he drew out an old AK-47 and some bullets, wrapped in plastic bags.
"The last time I used it was nearly two weeks ago. We were attacked by some raiders from Kenya at night. We shot at them but no one was hurt. Now the Ugandan army wants us to give up our guns, but we need them to survive."
Pastoralists in this region have clashed for decades over water points and pasture lands, but in 2011 when I visited Lobelai, parts of Africa were facing their worst drought in 60 years. The pastoralist Karamojong communities and their neighbors in northern Kenya and South Sudan were desperate for water and pasture for their vast herds. There were regular skirmishes, sometimes turning into fierce battles with people being killed trying to defend their cattle.
In recent years, climate change has added to the volatile mix of extreme environmental conditions. Increasing numbers of climate-linked disasters, including desertification, more frequent and intense droughts, heavier rains, and flash floods have added to tensions, and the relatively small-scale clashes that have long taken place between clans, especially in the dry seasons, have become more serious.
But is the increase in violence because of climate change and more intense droughts, floods and other impacts? Because weapons have become more powerful? Because governments are hostile to nomads? Because of poverty?
Federal Intervention, Conflict and Drought in the American West
By Colby Galliher, Ishita Krishan
The vast rangelands of the American West have been the site of competition and conflict for hundreds of years. And drought has been an integral part of that landscape for centuries. But going forward, the climate emergency threatens conditions completely foreign to modern agricultural producers in western North America; the federal measures needed to mitigate their devastation may conspire to heighten the risk of conflict over federal management of the region's most vital resource. In an era in which an increasing portion of the American public views violence as a legitimate means of resolving political disputes, the risk of land-centered enmity motivating conflict cannot be ruled out. As extreme drought withers livelihoods and the federal government moves to limit the suffering in an equitable manner, the chance that dismay and anger escalate into violence grows.
Climate Fears on Back Burner as Fuel Costs Soar and Russia Crisis Deepens
By Patricia Cohen
Energy security has gained prominence while the conflict in Ukraine raises concerns over the possible interruption in the supply of oil and natural gas.
Climate change will push world into war: UN report
By Associated Press
A United Nations climate panel is connecting hotter global temperatures to hotter global tempers. Top scientists are saying that climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees.
They're not saying it will cause violence, but will be an added factor making things even more dangerous. Fights over resources, like water and energy, hunger and extreme weather will all go into the mix to destabilize the world a bit more, says the report by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
For the past seven years, research in social science has found more links between climate and conflict, study authors say, with the full report referencing hundreds of studies on climate change and conflict.
A U.S. Defense Department strategic review has called climate change a "threat multiplier" to go with poverty, political instability and social tensions worldwide. Warming will trigger new problems but also provide countries new opportunities for resources and shipping routes in places such as the melting Arctic, the Pentagon report says.
The climate cost of war
A declared war with Iran would almost certainly doom the effort to prevent climate catastrophe.
Climate scientists have modeled out how global temperatures might shift in different geopolitical scenarios. And the scenario that always ends up with the planet in fiery climate chaos is the so-called “regional rivalry” scenario—to put it simply, the one where everyone is fighting, borders are closed, and rich white-led countries like the U.S. are super racist toward less-wealthy countries filled with brown people.
It makes sense why a nationalistic, conflict-ridden political environment would be a planetary death-knell. The solution to global warming has to be global. Countries have to work together toward the shared goal of a livable climate for all. They have to share technologies and solutions. This does not happen when we're spending trillions of dollars blowing each other up. It certainly does not happen in the 10 year time frame it needs to happen in.
But this is the exact political environment that war with Iran will foster, taking away our time, our money, and our good will toward others.
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