Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict

Overview of attention for article published in Science, January 2013
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Title
Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict
Published in
Science, January 2013
DOI 10.1126/science.1235367
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Solomon M. Hsiang, Marshall Burke, Edward Miguel, Hsiang SM, Burke M, Miguel E, S. M. Hsiang, M. Burke, E. Miguel

Abstract

A rapidly growing body of research examines whether human conflict can be affected by climatic changes. Drawing from archaeology, criminology, economics, geography, history, political science, and psychology, we assemble and analyze the 60 most rigorous quantitative studies and document, for the first time, a striking convergence of results. We find strong causal evidence linking climatic events to human conflict across a range of spatial and temporal scales and across all major regions of the world. The magnitude of climate's influence is substantial: for each one standard deviation (1σ) change in climate toward warmer temperatures or more extreme rainfall, median estimates indicate that the frequency of interpersonal violence rises 4% and the frequency of intergroup conflict rises 14%. Because locations throughout the inhabited world are expected to warm 2σ to 4σ by 2050, amplified rates of human conflict could represent a large and critical impact of anthropogenic climate change.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 44 7%
Germany 13 2%
France 7 1%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Japan 3 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Other 22 3%
Unknown 566 84%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 227 34%
Researcher 157 23%
Student > Master 86 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 44 7%
Student > Bachelor 37 5%
Other 123 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 140 21%
Social Sciences 117 17%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 92 14%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 83 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 81 12%
Other 161 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1560. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 February 2017.
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#447
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#27
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