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STUDY: CHANGING TEMPERATURES CAUSING FOOD SHORTAGES COULD LEAD TO WARS AND POPULATION DECLINES

THE RESEARCH DOES NOT REPRESENT DIRECT CAUSE-AND-EFFECT, BUT RATHER SUGGESTS A LINK BETWEEN CLIMATE AND CONFLICT

280px-water_droplet_blue_bg05.jpgBecause water supplies, growing seasons and land fertility can be affected by changes in climate, they might prompt food shortages that could in turn lead to conflicts, such as local uprisings, government destabilization and invasions from neighboring regions, the researchers speculate. These conflicts and the food shortages that cause them could both contribute to population declines, they add.

To see whether changes in climate affected the number of wars fought in the past, the researchers examined the time period between 1400 and 1900, when global average temperatures reached extreme lows around 1450, 1640 and 1820, with slightly warmer periods in between.

Using records reflected in tree rings and ice cores, the researchers compared temperature changes to a database of 4,500 wars worldwide that co-author Peter Brecke of Georgia Tech compiled with funding from the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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Source: Live Science

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One Response to “STUDY: CHANGING TEMPERATURES CAUSING FOOD SHORTAGES COULD LEAD TO WARS AND POPULATION DECLINES”

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