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​3- Climate Change and Security​​

Climate change is increasingly seen as a multiplier of security threats as well as social and economic problems such as poverty and political instability. Many of the impacts of climate change will disproportio​nately affect the poor and the vulnerable, and thus will continue to exacerbate social and economic vulnerabilities. Further, under certain circumstances, climate-induced impacts are likely to contribute to political instability and conflict. For instance, in many fragile states and communities with a history of conflict, water shortages were found to exacerbate existing social and political tensions. Understanding the role that climate change plays as a threat multiplier to conflict at both national and regional levels is important to create policies that would reduce its significance within this interplay of other factors.  ​ ​

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