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Climate change could lead to more wars


Posted on Sunday, 4 August, 2013 | Comment icon 64 comments


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A rise in global temperatures could have more than just an environmental effect on the world we live in.

The threat of climate change usually brings with it predictions of widespread flooding, droughts and food shortages, but perhaps one of the less understood consequences of rising temperatures is the threat of an increase in armed conflicts. Recent studies have uncovered correlations between climactic factors and violence throughout history, indicating that a changing climate can lead to a far greater risk of wars and violence.

Even now, cities experiencing excess spells of hot weather are seeing an increase in violent crime, possibly due to the physiological stress response to heat. If temperatures were to rise significantly on a long-term basis then many parts of the world could see far greater problems in these areas than we see today.

"Climate change isnít just affecting the natural world."

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Comment icon #55 Posted by msmike1 on 28 August, 2013, 13:42
The Forbes article I listed earlier has a link to a peer reviewed paper as well. I know that no matter what I post it will not be good enough for those that believe in man made global warming. No matter how much evidence there is against it. Of course these are normally the same people that swallow whatever the gov't tells them hook, line, and sinker. Mike
Comment icon #56 Posted by Doug1o29 on 28 August, 2013, 14:05
I'll check out your papers. It would help a lot if you would post the links to the actual peer reviewed articles. That's the proper procedure because it simplifies things for your readers. Doug
Comment icon #57 Posted by Doug1o29 on 28 August, 2013, 14:08
I'm sorry, but this link is to a US Senate report, not a peer-reviewed article. If there is a link to a peer-reviewed article, I didn't find it. If you know of one in there, could you please post it. Doug
Comment icon #58 Posted by Doug1o29 on 28 August, 2013, 14:44
This article references the 2001 Third Annual Assessment Report. As the Fifth Assessment Report has been published and publication of the sixth one is imminent, I suggest that the information on Wikipedia is more than a little bit obsolete. The article has four lists of dissenting scientists. The first is by people who believe the evidence in support of the most-pessimistic estimates of temperature rise does not support the conclusions. Subsequent climate change has proven them correct, as only the least pessimistic projections have come to pass. Note that they weren't objecting to globa... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by msmike1 on 28 August, 2013, 14:50
I didn't say that that particular link had a peer reviewed article. I said the link to the forbes article posted earlier had a link to a peer reviewed article. I am not going to do all the homework for you. The link is there follow it if you want to. I was asked to provide evidence of scientists debunking man made global warming. I did that. Now that is not good enough. I could post links until I am blue in the face and it won't be good enough because some people will believe whatever the gov't tells them. Mike
Comment icon #60 Posted by msmike1 on 28 August, 2013, 15:06
The NAS report could have the same things said about it. I have been asked to post links and I have. d I have posted every type of link asked for. I am not trying to change anyone's mind on global warming. I am simply stating my opinion. If you don't believe it fine, I don't really care. I can sit here and post links all day long, but I've posted enough. Just as much evidence against it as for it. Its a theory. Mike
Comment icon #61 Posted by Doug1o29 on 28 August, 2013, 15:46
With all due respect, the links above are to popular press material. The Heartland Institute is a right-wing "think tank" paid to raise doubts about warming. They're very good at it, but they are prone to misrepresenting the science. The rest just publish stuff they think will create a "controversy" and get them some readers. If what you have presented is all you can produce, your statement about evidence against warming is false. It is not supported by your references. Doug
Comment icon #62 Posted by Br Cornelius on 28 August, 2013, 17:52
You have posted opinion pieces. You have not posted a single paper which would pass peer review. You have demonstrated nothing more than your ignorance of what constitutes scientific proof or debate. Good work there. Br Cornelius
Comment icon #63 Posted by msmike1 on 28 August, 2013, 18:08
Inside the links and articles provided there are quotes/articles from reputable scientists, some of which are climatologists stating that man made global warming is not real. It also punches holes in certain scientific reports that are taken as the truth by so many. Of course you will overlook that and tell me it isn't a scientific journal so it has no credibility. Thats your way of not listening to alternative views other than your own. Whatever, I did my part. Hope you all don't burst into flames because of all of this global warming. Mike
Comment icon #64 Posted by Br Cornelius on 28 August, 2013, 18:29
Those reports are collections of cherry picked quotes from reputable scientists or quotes from people who are paid by the oil industry to discredit science. This is why peer review is employed so that an opinion can be analysed on its scientific merits. A paper in a journal must have robust data to support the opinion been expressed. Opinion pieces, such as those you supplied, have no data to back them up and are not subjected to any scrutiny as to their scientific credibility. They are designed to imitate real science in order to fool those who are ignorant of the scientific method. They pr... [More]


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