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A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

Climate and Conflict in Africa

Another study, published in the latest issue of PNAS has found a modest but statistically significant correlation between climate and conflict in Africa since 1990.  In particular, the authors find that especially high rainfall correlates with reduced conflict and especially high temperatures correlate with elevated conflict.  The results fit with a growing list of studies fitting past climate anomalies with war and violence (even though most of these studies only consider linear correlations rather than thresholds, consider temperature and precipitation separately rather than as drought indices, and neglect the duration and seasonality of anomalies).  This one has picked up a little coverage in the press, too.

For those looking for teaching resources on climate and conflict, Yale Environment 360 has produced a short free online video here.


About Sam White

Assistant Professor of History at the Ohio State University

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This entry was posted on November 6, 2012 by in In the News, Publications.
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