Climate Change and Risk of Conflict: The Links Grow Clearer

by Adriana Erthal Abdenur. This article originally appeared on PassBlue.

There is growing evidence that climate change can increase the risks of conflict and violence. When government authorities are unable or unwilling to mitigate and adapt to climate shocks such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts, these extreme weather events are more likely to be followed by surges in crime, including homicide, robbery and sexual violence.