Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Climate Feeds Conflict?

A new study out this week links a natural global climate cycle to periodic increases in warfare. Weather phenom El Niño, when it occurs, doubles the risk of civil wars among 90 tropical nations.

A group of scientists and observers note that bad weather perhaps tips poorer countries into chaos more easily. They believe that natural weather cycles will become more extreme with warming climate, and some suggest ongoing chaos in places like Somalia are already being stoked by warming climate.

Could El Niño be a factor in the unrest and change permeating the Arab world? John Hogue issued this warning on his blog: "What happens next in Libya could spread to the Arab world and undermine all chance of fellowship between Russia and America. This could lead to a nuclear confrontation..."

Hogue notes "We undergoing a “Climate Shift”. This rolling shift in the world’s climate axis is threatening our means to feed the human race. Climate shifts to extremes that become the new normal string of historic flood of hundreds of thousands of acres of crops this spring. Now America this summer has a heat wave to match the historic cauldron of fire from the skies that visited Russia last year, temporarily knocking her out of the grain export business. Vast tracks of corn and wheat fields across Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska wilt and shrink in sustained triple-digit heat waves. Consequently, 100-plus temperatures have baked Dallas Texas for 40 days straight before one night of rain fell. Now the days of 100-plus temperatures gather their number once again. And here comes the Hurricane Season with Tropical Storm Irene bearing down on Florida."

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