Climate change and conflicts: News from our peace researchers

The first “climate war” in history - is it taking place in Syria these days? How does the worldwide military prepare for climate change? How can conflicts on renewable energies be avoided, for example those on wind turbine parks? CliSAP scientists within the research group Climate Change, Security Risks, and violent Conflicts are studying these aspects. Watch their findings in short clips:

Mostafa Shabaan: Planning electricity, strategies for Egypt

Increasing demands for electricity should best be answered in a sustainable way to slowdown climate change. In Egypt, for example, one can see a transition of the energy landscape towards renewables. 

Dr. Michael Link: Transboundary rivers and water conflicts

If water is getting scarce, riparians along great rivers have to regulate their water allocation. Along the River Nile it will be very difficult for downstream countries like Egypt to reach their water goals if climate change proceeds.

Dr. Christiane Fröhlich: There is no "climate war" in Syria

Christiane Fröhlich interviewed migrants who fled from Syria into camps in Jordan. She claims that climate change is being wrongly held responsible for the Syrian war, that it could well be this assertion is being used as a strategy.

Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska: Climate change and the military

Michael Brzoska analyzed large numbers of planning documents of armed forces and defense ministries. Amongst other things climate change is mostly seen as an issue of human security e.g. in disaster management. In contrast, other actors are emphasizing that armed forces will be needed in armed conflicts.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran: Climate change and violent conflicts

Climate change can shorten resources like water or food. Combined with other factors like the degradation of social and economic conditions, more violent conflicts could arise.

Dr. Michael Link: Wind turbines or pastures? Conflicts on renewables

Wind turbines are producing noise and they kill birds, bioenergy crops require vast land areas. Newly developed models can predict potential confrontations and therefore could help to prevent them.