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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
Pubmed ID
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 39 3%
Germany 13 <1%
United Kingdom 7 <1%
France 4 <1%
Switzerland 3 <1%
Netherlands 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Other 22 2%
Unknown 1345 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 386 27%
Researcher 271 19%
Student > Master 207 14%
Student > Bachelor 130 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 81 6%
Other 233 16%
Unknown 137 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 235 16%
Social Sciences 226 16%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 211 15%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 125 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 125 9%
Other 308 21%
Unknown 215 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2019. 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 16 April 2021.
All research outputs
#2,152
of 17,446,661 outputs
Outputs from Science
#143
of 70,841 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#8
of 166,365 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
of 851 outputs
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