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Assessing the relationships between climate change and security in West Africa


The Igarape Institute has prepared a series of products on the relationship between climate security and violence in West Africa.

Climate change has alarming security implications for West Africa. A rise in global temperature over 3°C by the end of the century (or earlier) will disrupt rainfall and delay rainy seasons. A higher frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, and flooding will affect food production. Sea level rise will salinise land and overwhelm infrastructure, forcing millions of people to move, mostly within their own countries, and often to over-crowded cities and informal settlements.

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