The world faces an increased risk of terrorism because of climate change.
A warming world will drive famine, drought and natural disasters, creating the sort of societal and economic upheaval that strengthens terrorists’ recruiting efforts, a new report warns.
“As the climate is changing, so too are the conditions within which non-state armed groups such as Boko Haram and ISIS operate,” according to the report commissioned by the German government. “Climate change contributes to creating a fragile environment in which these groups can thrive.”
Climate change creates a number of scenarios in which terrorists can exploit vulnerable populations. In areas plagued by drought and famine, terrorists can wield diminishing natural resources such as water to exert control over people.
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