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Global warming raises tensions in Boko Haram region

Climate change makes Lake Chad fertile territory for extremism, experts say after Boko Haram massacre of up to 2,000 people. As more evidence of destruction wrought by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria emerged on Thursday, experts highlighted the role of climate change in fomenting extremism. Satellite images obtained by Amnesty International showed 3,700 buildings had been destroyed...
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Farmers, Drought and Gas Development in Australia

The impact on farmers of drought exacerbated by climate change can be mitigated by aspects of certain forms of resource extraction. However, the Australian experience suggests that such measures involve trade-offs. These trade-offs illustrate how our energy choices are becoming increasingly complex...
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ECC Newsletter Edition 3/2014

We have published the third Edition of the Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation Newsletter in 2014. It features e.g. an article by Tony de Brum, Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, about how his country approaches climate diplomacy on the way towards ambitious climate action. We also take a closer look at local governance and climate resilience with perspectives from Latin America and from Southeast Asia...
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Quote of the Month

“In today’s world, we see how the lack of access to water can fuel conflict and even threaten peace and stability. That is why in the coming year I would like to see more attention on what I call hydro-diplomacy.” - Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, in an article for the international science journal ‘Nature’, 1 January 2015.
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Articles

Regional Case Studies: Africa

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2008:

  • Magrath, John 2008: Africa – Up in smoke 2. London: new economics foundation (nef)/International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

 

2007:

  • Hendrix, C. S./Glaser, S. M. 2007: Trends and triggers: Climate, climate change and civil conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Political Geography 26, S. 695-715.
  • Meier, P./Bond, D./Bond, J. 2007: Environmental influences on pastoral conflict in the Horn of Africa. In: Political Geography 26, pp. 716-735.

 

2006:

  • Nyong, A./Fiki, C./McLeman, R. 2006: Drought-related conflicts, anagement and resolution in the West African Sahel: Considerations for Climate change research. Die Erde, 137 (3), pp. 223–240.
  • Eriksen, S. et al. 2006: The urgent need to increase adaptive capacities: evidence from enyan drylands. African Centre for Technology Studies Confl icts and Adaptation policy brief 2.

 

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