One-fifth of civil strife is preceded by climactic changes

08/25/2011 | Guardian (London), The

Some 20% of all civil wars between 1950 and 2004 were contributed to by climactic changes from the El Niño weather phenomenon, according to research. The cycle makes tropical climates hotter and drier, reduces production of food and corresponding incomes, and pushes less-developed countries into chaos more easily, scientists say.

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