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Violent climate or climate of violence? Concepts and relations with focus on Kenya and Sudan

J Scheffran, T Ide, J Schilling

The International Journal of Human Rights | Published : 2014


Addressing deficits of current research on the link between climate change and violent conflict, this article aims to contribute to a more systematic understanding of the violence concept in the context of environmental change. We present a theoretical framework and potential pathways between climate change and violence and an agent-based approach to assess the interplay between capabilities and motivations for violence and the conditions for conflicting or cooperative interactions. Acting as a threat multiplier, climate change could exceed adaptive capacities and undermine the livelihoods of communities. In the most affected regions, the erosion of social order and state failure as well as ..

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