Climate change threats, from worsening water shortages in Iraq and Pakistan to harsher hurricanes in the Caribbean, are a growing security risk and require concerted action to ensure they don’t spark new violence, security experts warned Tuesday.
In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern tip of Chile, scientists at a research base are scouring the ice for clues about everything from climate change to cures for cancer.
Climate change is the top security concern in a poll conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber-attacks while respondents in a growing number of countries worried about the power and influence of the United States.
Thousands of young people rallied in Belgium to demand action on climate change Thursday as part of a wave of demonstrations led by high school students aimed at intensifying pressure on governments.
The risks of catastrophic weather and flooding from climate change are exercising business leaders heading into next week’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.