A report said today, Thursday, that a vicious cycle linking the depletion of natural resources to violent conflicts may have crossed the point of no return in parts of the world, which will likely be exacerbated by climate change.
The Institute for Economics and Peace said, It is a think tank, that food insecurity, water scarcity and the impact of natural disasters, in addition to the large growth in the population, fuel conflicts and lead to the displacement of people in the places most vulnerable to these problems.
The Institute uses data from the United Nations and other sources
The institute’s director for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Serge Strobants, said the report identifies 30 countries that represent “hotspots” facing the highest risks, with a population of 1.26 billion.
This is based on three criteria related to resource scarcity and five criteria that focus on disasters such as floods, droughts and high temperatures. Ongoing conflict has undermined their ability to respond to threats to water and food supplies as well as climate change, alternating floods and more
The report also stated that the situation is quite similar in the Sahel and Horn of Africa regions, which have witnessed increasing and exacerbating conflicts over the last ten years.
“With tensions already rising, We can only expect the impact of climate change to exacerbate many of these problems.”