Alley: 'But, Katrina’s high waters just made it over the levee, and the difference between “just over” and “not quite over” proved to be a lot of billions of dollars and human disruption. The Arab Spring surprised many people, including some who had expertise, and while attribution of such an event to a particular cause is probably impossible, there are people (as written up in The Economist, for example) who link at least some of the causation to food prices, and there in turn people who link at least some of the food-price swings to climate change. It is easy to see such linkages occurring, and strengthening, in a greatly warmed future climate when many of our crops are already grown at temperatures above their optimum.'
'Climate change is making things harder for those who live in a politically unstable and economically challenged region'
Excerpt: What role is climate change playing in conflicts across the Sahel? “Climate change plays two roles,” says Opower's Sloan. “When you and your family have been living off the same land for generations and all of a sudden that becomes impossible, the first impact is relocation. But there’s a limited amount of land in the world so we’re going to see more and more skirmish zones.” “Second, climate change makes people feel small and helpless, and Islamic fundamentalists have been very good at turning helplessness and despair into anger and action. If you give someone who feels small a gun, they stop feeling small,” he adds. Sloan is a former US Army soldier. “If you give them a direction to point that gun they stop feeling helpless.”
The 'Sunday Times,' supports the ancient belief that years of war tend to bring abnormal vagaries In the weather. There have been remarkable extremes of weather since the war began, and these have continued all through the year. The spring was one of the bleakest on record, and the summer began in the same way.'