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Research claims link between El Nino and civil war

New research published by Nature magazine has demonstrated a link between the El Nino weather pattern and civil war in 93 tropical countries, including Indonesia.

‘Since 1950, one out of five civil conflicts have been influenced by El Niño,’ says economist Solomon Hsiang of Columbia University, lead author of the research. ‘This represents the first major evidence that global climate is a major factor in organized patterns of violence.’

The researchers claim the risks of civil war breaking out in a tropical country during an El Niño are doubled.

‘Even in this modern world, climate variability has an impact on the propensity of people to fight,’ says climate modeller Mark Cane of Columbia University. ‘When people get warmer than comfortable they get irritable and they are more prone to fight.’

Read more at Scientific American


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