Climate change, conflict and health

Devin C Bowles, Colin BUTLER, N Morisetti

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    16 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Future climate change is predicted to diminish essential natural resource availability in many regions and perhaps globally. The resulting scarcity of water, food and livelihoods could lead to increasingly desperate populations that challenge governments, enhancing the risk of intra- and interstate conflict. Defence establishments and some political scientists view climate change as a potential threat to peace. While the medical literature increasingly recognises climate change as a fundamental health risk, the dimension of climate change-associated conflict has so far received little attention, despite its profound health implications. Many analysts link climate change with a heightened risk of conflict via causal pathways which involve diminishing or changing resource availability. Plausible consequences include: increased frequency of civil conflict in developing countries; terrorism, asymmetric warfare, state failure; and major regional conflicts. The medical understanding of these threats is inadequate, given the scale of health implications. The medical and public health communities have often been reluctant to interpret conflict as a health issue. However, at times, medical workers have proven powerful and effective peace advocates, most notably with regard to nuclear disarmament. The public is more motivated to mitigate climate change when it is framed as a health issue. Improved medical understanding of the association between climate change and conflict could strengthen mitigation efforts and increase cooperation to cope with the climate change that is now inevitable
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)390-395
    Number of pages6
    JournalRoyal Society of Medicine. Journal
    Volume108
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Fingerprint

    Climate Change
    Health
    Terrorism
    Developing Countries
    Public Health
    Food
    Water
    Population

    Cite this

    Bowles, D. C., BUTLER, C., & Morisetti, N. (2015). Climate change, conflict and health. Royal Society of Medicine. Journal, 108(10), 390-395. https://doi.org/10.1177/0141076815603234
    Bowles, Devin C ; BUTLER, Colin ; Morisetti, N. / Climate change, conflict and health. In: Royal Society of Medicine. Journal. 2015 ; Vol. 108, No. 10. pp. 390-395.
    @article{7074a50104694b59b2569b762ea0e739,
    title = "Climate change, conflict and health",
    abstract = "Future climate change is predicted to diminish essential natural resource availability in many regions and perhaps globally. The resulting scarcity of water, food and livelihoods could lead to increasingly desperate populations that challenge governments, enhancing the risk of intra- and interstate conflict. Defence establishments and some political scientists view climate change as a potential threat to peace. While the medical literature increasingly recognises climate change as a fundamental health risk, the dimension of climate change-associated conflict has so far received little attention, despite its profound health implications. Many analysts link climate change with a heightened risk of conflict via causal pathways which involve diminishing or changing resource availability. Plausible consequences include: increased frequency of civil conflict in developing countries; terrorism, asymmetric warfare, state failure; and major regional conflicts. The medical understanding of these threats is inadequate, given the scale of health implications. The medical and public health communities have often been reluctant to interpret conflict as a health issue. However, at times, medical workers have proven powerful and effective peace advocates, most notably with regard to nuclear disarmament. The public is more motivated to mitigate climate change when it is framed as a health issue. Improved medical understanding of the association between climate change and conflict could strengthen mitigation efforts and increase cooperation to cope with the climate change that is now inevitable",
    keywords = "Darfur, IPPNW, Mali, Syria, climate change, conflict, future health, military-academic collaboration, public health, security, Public Health, Terrorism, Humans, Social Problems, Warfare, Armed Conflicts, Climate Change, Developing Countries",
    author = "Bowles, {Devin C} and Colin BUTLER and N Morisetti",
    year = "2015",
    doi = "10.1177/0141076815603234",
    language = "English",
    volume = "108",
    pages = "390--395",
    journal = "Royal Society of Medicine. Journal",
    issn = "0141-0768",
    publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
    number = "10",

    }

    Bowles, DC, BUTLER, C & Morisetti, N 2015, 'Climate change, conflict and health', Royal Society of Medicine. Journal, vol. 108, no. 10, pp. 390-395. https://doi.org/10.1177/0141076815603234

    Climate change, conflict and health. / Bowles, Devin C; BUTLER, Colin; Morisetti, N.

    In: Royal Society of Medicine. Journal, Vol. 108, No. 10, 2015, p. 390-395.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Climate change, conflict and health

    AU - Bowles, Devin C

    AU - BUTLER, Colin

    AU - Morisetti, N

    PY - 2015

    Y1 - 2015

    N2 - Future climate change is predicted to diminish essential natural resource availability in many regions and perhaps globally. The resulting scarcity of water, food and livelihoods could lead to increasingly desperate populations that challenge governments, enhancing the risk of intra- and interstate conflict. Defence establishments and some political scientists view climate change as a potential threat to peace. While the medical literature increasingly recognises climate change as a fundamental health risk, the dimension of climate change-associated conflict has so far received little attention, despite its profound health implications. Many analysts link climate change with a heightened risk of conflict via causal pathways which involve diminishing or changing resource availability. Plausible consequences include: increased frequency of civil conflict in developing countries; terrorism, asymmetric warfare, state failure; and major regional conflicts. The medical understanding of these threats is inadequate, given the scale of health implications. The medical and public health communities have often been reluctant to interpret conflict as a health issue. However, at times, medical workers have proven powerful and effective peace advocates, most notably with regard to nuclear disarmament. The public is more motivated to mitigate climate change when it is framed as a health issue. Improved medical understanding of the association between climate change and conflict could strengthen mitigation efforts and increase cooperation to cope with the climate change that is now inevitable

    AB - Future climate change is predicted to diminish essential natural resource availability in many regions and perhaps globally. The resulting scarcity of water, food and livelihoods could lead to increasingly desperate populations that challenge governments, enhancing the risk of intra- and interstate conflict. Defence establishments and some political scientists view climate change as a potential threat to peace. While the medical literature increasingly recognises climate change as a fundamental health risk, the dimension of climate change-associated conflict has so far received little attention, despite its profound health implications. Many analysts link climate change with a heightened risk of conflict via causal pathways which involve diminishing or changing resource availability. Plausible consequences include: increased frequency of civil conflict in developing countries; terrorism, asymmetric warfare, state failure; and major regional conflicts. The medical understanding of these threats is inadequate, given the scale of health implications. The medical and public health communities have often been reluctant to interpret conflict as a health issue. However, at times, medical workers have proven powerful and effective peace advocates, most notably with regard to nuclear disarmament. The public is more motivated to mitigate climate change when it is framed as a health issue. Improved medical understanding of the association between climate change and conflict could strengthen mitigation efforts and increase cooperation to cope with the climate change that is now inevitable

    KW - Darfur

    KW - IPPNW

    KW - Mali

    KW - Syria

    KW - climate change

    KW - conflict

    KW - future health

    KW - military-academic collaboration

    KW - public health

    KW - security

    KW - Public Health

    KW - Terrorism

    KW - Humans

    KW - Social Problems

    KW - Warfare

    KW - Armed Conflicts

    KW - Climate Change

    KW - Developing Countries

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84943805198&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    UR - http://www.mendeley.com/research/climate-change-conflict-health

    U2 - 10.1177/0141076815603234

    DO - 10.1177/0141076815603234

    M3 - Article

    VL - 108

    SP - 390

    EP - 395

    JO - Royal Society of Medicine. Journal

    JF - Royal Society of Medicine. Journal

    SN - 0141-0768

    IS - 10

    ER -