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18:00 - 19:30 19 January 2016
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre |
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Halvard Buhaug, is Research Director and Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU); and Associate Editor of Journal of Peace Research and Political Geography.
The current European migrant crisis, coupled with claims that the Syrian civil war is partly a result of a devastating drought, has accentuated fears that climate change will bring about more instability and conflict in the future. The notion that environmental degradation can trigger violent resource competition is nothing new, but what does the empirical evidence say? This talk outlines the scientific state of the art and reflects on some promises and pitfalls as we continue the debate on security implications of climate change.
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