Vice: Climate Change is Increasing Violent Conflict

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Vice, humans are tearing each other apart because of climate change.

This Is How Climate Change Will Increase Human Conflict

Water wars, state repression, an Arctic ‘Gold Rush’ and other ways humans will be tearing each other apart as the planet heats up.

By James Greig 05 June 2020, 6:30pm

Whether or not climate change will exacerbate conflict is no longer a hypothetical question: according to the Red Cross, it’s already happening. As long ago as 2018, Peter Maurer, the head of the organisation’s International Committee, told the Guardian: “When I think about our engagement in sub-Saharan Africa, in Somalia, in other places of the world, I see that climate change has already had a massive impact on population movement, on fertility of land. It’s very obvious that some of the violence that we are observing… is directly linked to the impact of climate change and changing rainfall patterns.”

“I was never in Iraq,” Bethea says, “but there were a number of people who I met who were very disillusioned by their experiences there. They felt that what was done to the Iraqi people would be done to Americans sooner rather than later. It was the idea that, ‘It won’t be long before they have an Abu Ghraib for Americans.’ I think what we’re seeing in the US now, with the reactionary right basically getting top cover to run concentration camps for immigrants – and even their US citizen children – is, in some ways, a confirmation of that. I can only see that rhetoric, and the militarisation that comes along with it, getting more and more severe.”

And what does this have to do with climate change? “Global warming is going to drive huge numbers of people to flee into more temperate climates. The US and UK are pretty similar in terms of their hostility to immigration, and you’re seeing this militarised response even now when immigration rates aren’t particularly high.

“If it’s this bad already,” he continues, “with the US letting toddlers die of influenza in concentration camps for minors, and the UK aggressively deporting elderly children of 1940s immigrants – who are very clearly British citizens – what is it going to look like when climate change worsens?”

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According to US government census, net migration in the USA is mostly to warm Southern states. And a 2018 study suggested climate change has had very little impact on conflict.

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Al Miller
June 6, 2020 11:14 am

Augh! The stupid is burning me, I can’t believe I assaulted my brain with that crap. Strangely enough I’m getting angry…I can’t believe, really can’t believe people are saying such garbage with a straight face. Only a pathological liar could achieve this.

Gregory Woods
June 6, 2020 11:17 am

‘what is it going to look like when climate change worsens?’

Is this a rhetorical question, or a joke? I would hazard a guess and say that nothing will happen that hasn’t happened already before.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Gregory Woods
June 7, 2020 8:51 am

Africa, the Sahel is greening due to increased CO2

So this will decrease immigration pressure, NOT increase it

Just BS

June 6, 2020 11:21 am

Sociopolitical climate change, an chaotic (“evolutionary”) process, yes. And we know that evolution (e.g. life) ends in a dysfunctional convergence (e.g. death). Forward!

John Robertson
June 6, 2020 11:26 am

Can’t cure stupid.
Being right for the wrong reasons,is very progresssive.
Hostility over CC will increase,as long as force of government is used to enrich the well connected few,by robbing the impoverished many.
Eventually it will reach a snapping point.
Belief in “The Science of Climate Change” is already such a litmus test as the absurdity of taking such a position sinks in.
The conclusion that any subject that styles itself science,is probably not using the scientific method,has become very hard to avoid.
I have some trust in Chemistry,Biology and Physics,but defer to Mark Twains observation,as to how science is wonderful,one can produce so much speculation with so few observations.
More or less.

June 6, 2020 11:34 am

Yeah, right – the favorite actvity in hot climates is the siesta. The idea that most people are severely affected by a couple of degrees warmer weather is about as stupid a psychological statement as one can imagine. In this country most people ive in climate controlled environments, at their home and trsvelling in their cars. The idea that people become violent savages as the heat increases is proven demonstrably stupid by those who live in sucu hot areas now and for the past thousands of years.
And violent Atrab peoples don’t require a hot day to motivate an attack upon those they disagree with An incredibly stupid article..

Nick Graves
June 6, 2020 11:37 am

Lost in a leftie delirium, they rant on.

June 6, 2020 12:14 pm

..and all this time I thought it was racism

June 6, 2020 12:15 pm

Yes, there weren’t any violent conflicts before the Industrial Revolution. If you believe otherwise, you’re in the back-pocket of Big Oil or something.


June 6, 2020 12:21 pm

This Is How Climate Change Unhinged, Enraged Climate Alarmists Will Increase Human Conflict

Fixed it. You’re welcome.

Reply to  stinkerp
June 6, 2020 7:05 pm

The Red Cross hire kooks like this, & then wonder why we have stopped donating to them,.

Reply to  stinkerp
June 6, 2020 7:09 pm

Good fix Stinkerp!

June 6, 2020 12:51 pm

A scenario optimists view as an opportunity to solve the problems as they come.

June 6, 2020 1:12 pm

One constant with liberals, they always assume that the other side is ready to do whatever the liberals want to do.

What the heck is a reactionary right and why is it that only leftists can identify them.

June 6, 2020 1:14 pm

The same place they get most of their crap from. Their fevered imaginations.

Bruce Cobb
June 6, 2020 1:24 pm

“humans are tearing each other apart because of “climate change””.
The Climate Believers started it.

June 6, 2020 1:29 pm

I have noticed lately that I have been gaining some weight. I think it is due to climate change. Anybody else out there with similar problems. I am sure we could develop a consensus.

William Astley
June 6, 2020 1:32 pm

Angry people do not think. One person who is constantly angry, like Greta is sad. A mob of angry clueless people is dangerous.

Angry clueless voters is the goal of the Left.

Angry people are not helpful in solving problems. Angry people want us to spend money on their special interest group, ignoring, reason or logic, other problems.

The Left’s Green New Deal is logically dead on arrive. Spending trillions of dollars which we do not have, on stuff that does not work and damages the environment.

Planet of the Humans

In the US, there are mobs of angry people, protesting people, shouting, throwing things, looting, burning thing, and attacking cops.

The Left’s antilogical solution: To one bad cop.

Defund the Police Force.

And pull real life cop shows off cable, because …..

The Left cannot take reality. We have Cops because we need Cops.

Andy Espersen
June 6, 2020 1:39 pm

But it is happening only here in the West. They are not “tearing themselves apart” in the rest of the world.

We are ruining ourselves – they will prevail.

June 6, 2020 2:03 pm

“humans are tearing each other apart because of climate change. This Is How Climate Change Will Increase Human Conflict Water wars, state repression, an Arctic ‘Gold Rush’ and other ways humans will be tearing each other apart as the planet heats up”

Translation: The protest riots are a case of humans tearing each other apart because it is a climate change impact. All bad things are climate change impacts. And all big news items are climate change impacts because that helps us keep climate change as a relevant thing.

That’s the science of it anyway. Warming causes humans to tear each other apart as shown below.

Reply to  Chaamjamal
June 7, 2020 3:35 am

“According to Vice, humans are tearing each other apart because of climate change”

Was this predicted by the Pentagon in 2004?

John V. Wright
June 6, 2020 2:18 pm

“told the Guardian”. Stopped reading right there.

Reply to  John V. Wright
June 6, 2020 8:13 pm

The Guardian of “too many white girls from next door in the Olympics” fame. Rabid diversity and other classes of bigotry.

June 6, 2020 2:37 pm

Met Office – Lengthy warm spells and heavy rainfall are on the rise in the UK
Warm climate = more rainfall, cold climate = less precipitations.
Warmth+rain = plentiful food & prosperity
Cold+drought = starvation & misery

Alasdair Fairbairn
June 6, 2020 3:24 pm

Is there no end to the dastardly tricks CO2 is plaguing us with.?

Geoff Sherrington
June 6, 2020 3:45 pm

The large scale use of street drugs and alcohol by the young and trendy is the effect on hostility that needs to be quantified.
Except that some of those writing the papers about hostility already have their minds befuddled. It is sad.
Geoff S

Tom Abbott
June 6, 2020 4:48 pm

From the article: “Whether or not climate change will exacerbate conflict is no longer a hypothetical question: according to the Red Cross, it’s already happening.”

According to the Red Cross! That’s a good one.

There is no evidence that Human-caused climate change (that’s what the author is talking about here) is real. So to say it is no longer a hypothetical question is delusional.

Another Alarmist assuming too much. Assertions based on nothing.

June 6, 2020 5:25 pm

Yet another instance of a writer claiming the US is “hostile to immigration” and leaving off that all-important adjective “illegal.”

And again, I ask: Where is the climate change? A little bit more or less rain, or a little bit warmer or cooler temps are not “climate change.” The desertification of the UK, THAT would be climate change.

It’s “climate change” as boilerplate, that’s what it is.

Craig from Oz
June 6, 2020 6:25 pm

I just did a quick search on historical wars and it turns out there were absolutely nothing but peace and love before Industrialisation.

So there you go, Global Warming(tm) caused ALL the wars in history and ALL of them happened after the introduction of the steam engine.


It was a really quick search…


Ian Coleman
June 6, 2020 6:35 pm

I read recently that World War II (1939 to 1945) was really violent. I mean, really, really violent. And not only that but World War II was less violent than the Taiping Rebellion (1850 to 1864), My point is, the world today is quite a bit less violent than it used to be. And I think this is because of climate change. Prove me wrong.

June 7, 2020 3:42 am

hmmm really,


The casualties from the use of pepper spray by the French police during Yellow Vest protests has risen, local media reported Friday.

According to French Mediapart website, 11 people were killed, five lost their hands due to use of grenades and 23 lost their eyesight.

Some 2,000 people were injured at the demonstrations. Of them 268 people suffered head injuries, 15 hand injuries, 64 body injuries, 26 back injuries and 106 leg injuries.

In addition, 95 journalists, 40 high school students and 30 volunteer health officers were injured in the demonstrations and 145 acts of insult and violation of press freedom by French police were recorded.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the National Police Investigation Unit (IGPN) launched 220 criminal investigations on suspicion of police violence against the demonstrations.

Reply to  richard
June 7, 2020 1:44 pm

So you would argue that climate change is equivalent to progressives raising taxes on the French poor?

Is that what you’re saying?

Tiger Bee Fly
June 7, 2020 7:40 am

And it causes hemorrhoids, too! Sufferers, unite to bring about the glorious anarcho-Stalinist revolution Mother Gaia utopia!

June 7, 2020 8:07 am

They should be in a cave in Greece where only a few are allowed to ask for advice.

Obviously advocating open borders and uncontrolled immigration with no laws except those they would like.
Wait, we already have that by some.

Climate believer
June 8, 2020 2:14 am

Somalia is hell on earth.
It’s many, many problems are obviously being exacerbated by ongoing drought in this part of East Africa, but to put the blame solely on “climate change” is a massive over simplification of a terrible situation that Somalians find themselves in, and any suggestion that a reduction in CO² in the atmosphere would somehow resolve those problems is quite frankly ridiculous.

Everyone remembers “Live Aid” back in the early eighties as a response to the worst drought in a hundred years in Ethiopia (just next door), back when atmospheric CO² was around 20% lower than today.

From a study published 27 January 2000 in Nature,
entitled: Rainfall and drought in equatorial east Africa during the past 1,100 years.
Quote from the Abstract:
“Our data indicate that, over the past millennium, equatorial east Africa has alternated between contrasting climate conditions, with significantly drier climate than today during the ‘Medieval Warm Period’ (∼ AD 1000–1270) and a relatively wet climate during the ‘Little Ice Age’ (∼ AD 1270–1850) which was interrupted by three prolonged dry episodes.

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