Climate Change & Conflict

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Climate Change?

“Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperature & weather patterns” United Nations. Climate change has mainly been driven by human activities in recent centuries & consequences include intense droughts, water scarcity, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms & declining biodiversity.

How does Climate Change Affect Conflict?

70% of the countries most affected by climate change are also among the most fragile (UNPBF). “Countries mired in conflict are disproportionately impacted by climate variability & extremes, due to the limited adaptive capacity of people, systems & institutions already coping with the consequences of conflicts” (ICRC). Accordingly, climate change impacts can compound structural vulnerabilities & become a threat & risk multiplier (adelphi).

Where Can I Have Conversations with Others About the Intersection of Climate Change & Conflict?

To start conversations about & provide insight on topics related to climate change & conflict, please explore & contribute to our Discussions.

What are Some Current Examples of Climate Change Actors Collaborating with those Working in Conflict?

For a collection of resources on climate change and conflict, please visit our Resource Library.