Global Warming to Exacerbate Global Security Issues - UN Report
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | March 31, 2014 4:15 PM EST
As the world's temperatures continue to warm up, so does the tempers globally. Hot tempers may exacerbate global security issues as people fight over resources, particularly water and energy, which could lead to civil wars and strife between nations and refugees, a report by a recent United Nations climate panel due for release said.
Melting glaciers have been used to study increasing temperatures brought about by global warming. The world’s leaders may be failing in the fight against global warming, according to one of the officials of the United Nations. UN top climate official Halidor Thorgeirsson told reporters that the people should pressure their respective politicians to take a make a stronger commitment against global warming.
According to AP, citing the draft Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the "extreme weather will all go into the mix to destabilize the world a bit more." It noted for the past seven years, research in social science has found more links between climate and conflict.
IPCC's findings echoed the earlier concerns lodged by the U.S. Department of Defense in its 2014 version of Quadrennial Defence Review where it said "poverty, environmental degradation, political instability and social tensions" will enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence to rise as global warming accelerates.
''There's enough smoke there that we really need to pay attention to this,'' Geoff Dabelko, Ohio University security and environment professor, one of the lead authors of the report's chapter on security and climate change, told AP.
"Climate change will not directly cause conflict - but it will exacerbate issues of poor governance, resource inequality and social unrest," David Titley, a retired U.S. Navy Adm and now Pennsylvania State University professor of meteorology, told AP. "The Arab Spring and Syria are two recent examples."
The report, which allotted 63 pages on security problems, pointed out ''human security will be progressively threatened as climate changes.''
At the heart of global security problems is really poverty, David Kreutzer from the Heritage Foundation in Washington said.
A research from the University of Leeds, published early this month in Nature Climate Change, crop yields in temperate and tropical regions stand to slow down in the face of global warming, potentially disrupting exports to other nations as countries hoard them to ensure survival.
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