Climate change is fueling extremism, raising tempers along with temperatures, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.
The report, based on an academic study and interviews with more than 30 activists and academics, said that climate change will “intensify conflict and conflict will fuel extremism.”
Climate change is a “double edged sword,” it said, and on the one hand it could offer opportunities for world peace, development and a chance to create more and better jobs in vulnerable countries.
But it could also be exploited by “radicals, racists, and anti-environmental crusaders” to advance their aims, the report said.
The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a statement that the new report shows that “there is no safe place on the earth.”
President Donald Trump, who has pulled the US out of the Paris agreement, is skeptical of climate change.
“I’m not a big believer in climate change at all,” he told reporters earlier this month.
“I think it’s a lot of crap,” he said.
The report focused on rising global temperatures and how these are causing the climate to change, as well as increasing the risk of floods, droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, and wildfires, and disrupting the lives of billions of people.
The report said that “climate change” is one of the five great problems we are facing in the 21st century and that it “threatens the achievement of many of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”
The report warned that “environmental refugees” are fleeing rural areas, which are in greater risk of drought, and that some nations are finding it increasingly difficult to feed their populations despite rising food prices since the financial crisis.
“Rising temperatures will intensify conflict and conflict will fuel extremism,” it said.
But by focusing on the risks of climate change, it said it “should not hide the fact that in some cases climate change can create benefits.”
Climate change was the fastest growing issue and it is “not always about climate change,” it said.
Among the most notable changes this century, it said, are wildfires in the United States, which have become more frequent and more intense,