Fewer resources, greater stress, more disasters, more violence: Climate change linked to conflict among people and societies

Review of 61 accounts concludes that personal disputes and wider civil conflicts increase significantly with weather changes

A warmer world with more droughts and other climate-related disasters is likely to lead a substantial increase in violent conflict between both individuals and entire societies, a major study has found.

A review of 61 detailed accounts of violence has concluded that personal disputes and wider civil conflicts increase significantly with significant changes to weather patterns, such as increases in temperature and lack of rain, scientists said.

Even rather moderate shifts away from the norm result in marked increases in violence according to the study which concluded that the predicted 2C rise in average global temperatures this century could lead to a 50 per cent increase in major violent conflicts such as civil wars.

JUSTICE

Chilean prosecutors drop charges over 2010 mine collapse

The Chilean public prosecutor’s office has decided not to press charges against the owners of a mine that collapsed in 2010, trapping 33 workers underground for 70 days. Miners have responded with anger.

After a three-year probe into the mine collapse, the public prosecutor’s office said the investigation had left it “unconvinced” of the need to file charges.

One of the miners, Mario Sepulveda, told the AP news agency that the decision was “a disgrace to Chile’s justice system.”

Violence rolls on in cutthroat world of Bangladeshi politics

August 2, 2013 – 1:25PM

Ben Doherty

South Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media

Dhaka, Bangladesh: A prominent ruling party politician shot dead in the street. His assassin killed a day later by “crossfire” as he is taken into custody. A political party thrown out of elections, sparking riots and vehicles being burnt.

Barely more than a typical week in Bangladeshi politics.

Violence, by the hands of an angry mob, or via the barrel of a gun, is how power is exercised here.

This week, youth wing leader with the governing Awami League, Reazul Haque Milki, was shot dead outside a shopping centre by a factional rival from his own party.

Mursi backers plan fresh rallies in defiance of Egypt police

Sapa-AFP | 02 August, 2013 10:12

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Mursi urged fresh rallies, raising fears of renewed violence as police prepared to disperse their Cairo sit-ins amid international appeals for restraint.

The call came as US Secretary of State John Kerry said the military’s removal of the Islamist Mursi – Egypt’s first democratically elected president – had been requested by millions.

Kerry’s comments are the closest Washington has come to publicly embracing the July 3 coup that toppled Mursi, as European diplomats held talks in Cairo with the interim government and Mursi’s backers seeking a way out of the impasse.

Kerry told Pakistan’s Geo television: “The military was asked to intervene by millions and millions of people, all of whom were afraid of a descendance into chaos, into violence.”

Puerto Rican leaders disagree on island’s political future

Forget the logistical nightmare of adding another star to the American flag – Puerto Rican politicians argued Thursday over whether their constituents want statehood in the first place.

The commonwealth’s governor and congressional delegate, as well as a leader of the independence movement, didn’t agree about Puerto Rico’s future during a

hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“I think our big challenge is to define what the options are – the legitimate options – and how would that be defined on a ballot,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said after the hearing. She said she’d be willing to work with Puerto Ricans to push for statehood if she thought there was a “united front.”

Puerto Rico’s congressional delegate supports statehood, while Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla advocates a form of “enhanced commonwealth,” a label he did not define when pressed by senators.

Traditional technology looms large for luxury companies

But James Sleater, co-founder of Cad and the Dandy, is doing his best.

At a party to mark the arrival of Savile Row’s newest resident, he is dressed in a suit with a difference – one made in-store on a 200-year-old loom.

The suit was created to showcase the company’s in-house talent, but it is unlikely the loom will be fired up again.

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