Climate change does not cause conflict. Yet in areas of political instability it is the equivalent, to quote Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, formerly of the Royal Navy, “of pouring a bucket of petrol on a smouldering fire.” Extreme weather ev ents like severe droughts are increasingly linked to climate change, and the subsequent crop failures and high food prices have added to the political instability that we have seen across North Africa and the Middle East in recent years. Mass migration will become only more common as areas of our planet become increasingly uninhabitable This instability cannot be treated as a quarrel in a far away country between people we know nothing about. As the recent migrant crisis in the Mediterranean shows, in a globalised world the effects of conflict in one region quickly spill-over into another, and mass migration will become only more common as areas of our planet become increasingly uninhabitable.
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