Climate Change and Conflict by Olivier Rubin, NIAS

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December 7, 2009 - 03:32 -

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) and Al Gore received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Prize
Committee noted that their work could ‘contribute to a sharper focus on the
processes and decisions that appear to be necessary to protect the world’s
future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the security of mankind.’ Yet,
in spite of this prestigious award, surprisingly little academic evidence has
been produced within IPPC or elsewhere that point to a strong link between
climate change and conflict. In fact, most peer-reviewed studies based on