January 19, 2016 | 12:00-13:30 EST

The Potential for Climate Change Induced Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa


The far reaching consequences of climate change

Saharan Africa is likely to endure some of the worst consequences of climate change. Many of its agricultural areas are particularly sensitive to the anticipated increase in temperatures and many of its large cities are vulnerable to potential rising ocean levels and river flooding. The disruptions to the natural and man-made environments caused by climate change have the potential to create or exacerbate conflict among people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by climatic events beyond their control.

This discussion examined the potential for conflict caused by climate change in both urban and rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa and some of the solutions proposed by African countries at the recently concluded COP 21 Conference in Paris to adapt to and mitigate the evolving situation.

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