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A NEW REPORT SHOWS THE STRONG EFFECTS OF EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE ARTIC, RASING CONCERNS ABOUT SECURITY RISKS

A recent report by former military officers has revealed that climate change represents a severe threat for the security of the Artic.

The report shows that the situation is quickly getting worse and changes appear more radical than expected.

This study outlines that the previous prospect of an ice-free Arctic by mid-century had given rise to a race for shipping lanes and for access to oil and other resources by countries such as Russia and China.

Due to the progressive reduction of ice, this region has been an enticement for many states due to the opportunities provided. As such, oil companies moved into the Arctic.

Data show that these events are accelerating in the Artic are, the report says, stressing the concerns about the security risks caused by climate change.

In this framework, the IPCC has warned that growing competition for resources in such a climate change-characterized context could lead to conflicts.

Following this, the report represents a step ahead, upgrading the climate risk from a threat to a real conflict catalyst, warning that the severe impact of climate change could be the cause of conflicts in developing countries as well.

Africa, Asia, and the Middle East are already experiencing the strong effects of extreme weather conditions, including drought and floods that affect food shortages and cause at the same time alarming consequences such as desertification, population dislocation, mass migration and sea level rise. These phenomena represent an alarming issue that the governments have to address with concrete actions.

The report highlights thus that populations will become disenfranchised and even more vulnerable due to climate change and other forms of conflicts for water, food and energy.

 

The gLAWcal Team

Friday, 16 May 2014

(Source: The Guardian)