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Climate change ‘grave threat’ to security and health

October 19, 2011

From the BBC

By Richard Black

Climate change poses “an immediate,
growing and grave threat” to health and security around the world, according to
an expert conference in London.

Officers in the UK military warned that the price of goods such as fuel is
likely to rise as conflict provoked by climate change increases.

A statement from the meeting adds that humanitarian disasters will put more
and more strain on military resources.

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Scientific studies suggest that the most severe climate impacts will fall on
the relatively poor countries of the tropics.

UK military experts pointed out that much of the world’s trade moves through
such regions, with North America, Western Europe and China among the societies
heavily dependent on oil and other imports.

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti, climate and energy security envoy for the UK
Ministry of Defence (MoD), said that conflict in such areas could make it more
difficult and expensive to obtain goods on which countries such as Britain
rely.

“If there are risks to the trade routes and other areas, then it’s food, it’s
energy,” he told BBC News.

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A number of recent studies have suggested that climate impacts will make
conflict more likely, by increasing competition for scarce but essential
resources such as water and food.

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On the health side, doctors warned of a raft of impacts, particularly in
developing countries.

Hunger and malnutrition were likely to increase, and some infectious diseases
were likely to spread, they said.

From the BBC

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