chapter  5
23 Pages

Climate change, conflict, and political choices

There are three areas for considering the past, present, and future of climate change and conflict. First, climate change will create a series of political and geopolitical choices for countries. Countries will react sometimes in a multilateral manner, and sometimes in their national interest. There will need to be international rules that speak to conduct regarding climate change and the potential to cause conflict. Second, the inevitability of some degree of climate change will require adjustments in world geopolitics. Since some climate change is well underway, what approaches can ameliorate conflict problems and react to the lessons? Third, five conclusions are drawn from the research that provide perspective and point to areas of future actions.