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Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict

Overview of attention for article published in Science, August 2013
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Title
Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict
Published in
Science, August 2013
DOI 10.1126/science.1235367
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Authors

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 42 4%
Germany 12 1%
United Kingdom 8 <1%
France 5 <1%
Switzerland 3 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
Netherlands 3 <1%
Other 22 2%
Unknown 1014 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 330 30%
Researcher 218 19%
Student > Master 156 14%
Student > Bachelor 86 8%
Unspecified 69 6%
Other 259 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 210 19%
Social Sciences 176 16%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 162 14%
Unspecified 120 11%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 104 9%
Other 346 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1969. 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 12 August 2019.
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#799
of 13,385,200 outputs
Outputs from Science
#67
of 62,008 outputs
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#5
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Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
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