As duly advertised I’m spending my time blogging about climate change and COP15 in a European Journalism Centre project called “TH!NK ABOUT IT”. Thus, not a lot of updates here lately.
But ironically, this has caused some bookmarked stories to go nowhere as I haven’t addressed conflict at TH!NK yet. Here is a couple. Later I’ll round up some Ecowar at TH!NK, stay tuned.
Climate change could kill 250,000 children
Ouch! That’s the kind of headline that makes even hardened bloggers like me ask for some less pathos. Dead children, very well.
over 900 million children in the next generation will be affected by water shortages and 160 million more children will be at risk of catching malaria – one of the biggest killers of children under five – as it spreads to new parts of the world.
Not that controversial. It’s just a bit of math and the obvious observation that climate change will aggravate existing issues. But I don’t know about the “spin value” of this story.
“Environmental security and climate change in particular are now issues which threaten world security and peace,” says Brigadier General Wendell King of the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Remind me to get my hands on the latest print of New Scientist.
The impact of climate change will make the poorest communities across the world poorer. Many of them are already affected by conflict and instability and thus face a dual risk. International Alert’s new research finds that the consequences of climate change will fuel violent conflict, which itself hinders the ability of governments and local communities to adapt to the pressures of climate change. We’ve identified 46 countries at risk of violent conflict and a further 56 facing a high risk of instability as a result of climate change.
Just sharing a handful of recent links. Will post much more at TH!NK soon, I promise.