The Long Hot Summer

As if the current threats from climate change aren’t dire enough (floods, droughts, extreme weather), a new study tells us that higher temperatures are tracking with spikes in conflict. A new report by the University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton has reviewed 60 previous studies from around the world, and concludes that out of 27 modern societies studied, all 27 showed a positive correlation between higher temperatures and violence. It also projects an increase in violence such as civil wars by over 50 percent with a rise in global temperature of just two degrees—a rise projected by Climate Central to take place by 2040. Add reducing conflict to the list of positive goals to be achieved by addressing climate change quickly and effectively.

John Howell, Editorial Director