Climate Fact Of The Day – El Nino Seen As Trigger For Violence In The Tropics

NPR – Scientists say there’s a link between climate and violent conflict. A statistical analysis of civil conflicts between 1950 and 2004 found that in tropical countries, conflicts were twice as likely to occur in El Nino years. The analysis appears in the journal Nature. NOAA This image shows the above-normal water temperature in the Pacific Ocean during the December 1997 El Nino. Green-blue colors represent normal temperatures; dark red indicates hotter water. El Nino occurs when there is unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. But it affects weather patterns in tropical countries around the globe. “Half the world’s population experiences a completely different climate regime,” says lead author Solomon Hsiang, a researcher at Princeton University. Read Article