According to an annual peace index released Wednesday by the Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), climate change poses a severe threat to global harmony over the next 10 years. http://visionofhumanity.org/app/uploads/2019/06/GPI-2019-web003.pdf
Competition over resources and migration, along with economic impacts, are seen as the key drivers behind the climate-driven instability.
That index found that almost a billion people are already at high risk from climate change based on where they live; of those, 40% are in countries struggling with conflict.
Steve Killelea, executive chairman of the IEP, told Reuters that the trends are alarming. “Going forward, climate change is going to be a substantial problem,” he said, calling climate impacts a “tipping point” that can exacerbate conflicts and escalate them.