Climate Change and Security in Africa: Clear Risks, Nuanced Impacts

Cracked Earth in Nature Reserve of Popenguine in Senegal. Photo: UN

Climate change is likely to impact on Africa far more than other regions. Rapidly growing populations and urbanization in Africa strain current water resources, making water security fragile for many people. Although conflict does not directly result from climate change, evidence suggests that climate change can trigger and accelerate of conflict in Africa. Since conflict is affected by climatic fluctuations, unpredictable rainfall and changes in agricultural growing seasons will influence different kinds of conflict.

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Security Topics: Environment and Security