Climate Wars [The Compass] [World Service]

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Climate Wars: Central and Northern America2020110420201108 (WS)Will Robson investigates the impact climate change is having on human security in Central and Northern America.

He examines how global warming is leading to mass migration across the region, and how a spike in freak weather events is undermining basic social infrastructures.

He also hears why the avocado has become a “conflict commodity” in Mexico, and how climate change threatens the resilience of the USA’s power grid and its nuclear weapons arsenal.

What impact is climate change having on human security in Central and Northern America?

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

Climate Wars: Darfur2020100720201011 (WS)In a five-part series for the Compass, former Army Major Will Robson investigates how climate change is fuelling conflict across the globe, from guerrilla raids on farmer-herders in Africa to a chilling new Cold War in the Arctic. He’ll be speaking to both climate and conflict experts to unravel the complicated threads that connect climatic changes, violence, war and global insecurity.

In the first episode, he focuses on what has often described as the first climate change war – the conflict in Darfur in Western Sudan – and hears from farmers and pastoralists who have returned to their war-ravaged lands to try to rebuild among the challenges of desertification and climate change.

Image: Internally displaced Sudanese people prepare to collect water from a tap near their makeshift shelter within the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur, Sudan April 26, 2019 (Credit:Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)

Will Robson examines the links between climate change and global conflicts

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

01Darfur: The World's First Climate Change War?20201007
02Climate Wars: Water Conflicts2020101420201018 (WS)In a five part series for the Compass, Major Will Robson investigates how climate change is fuelling conflict across the globe – from guerrilla raids on farmer-herders in Africa to a chilling new Cold War in the Arctic.
He’ll be speaking to both climate and conflict experts to unravel the complicated threads that connect climatic changes, violence, war and global insecurity.

Will Robson has served worldwide, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, he is a travel writer and journalist who has seen first hand the deadly effects of warfare, civil unrest and climate change.

Examining the links between climate change and global conflicts.

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

India and Pakistan are on the front line of climate change and are two of the most water-stressed countries in the world. Drought has already caused violent clashes, deadly protests and a spate of farmer suicides. Now tensions between the two nations have been ratcheted up by an acrimonious dispute over a proposed dam on the River Indus.

Will Robson looks at how these conflicts over mankind’s most precious resource threaten the stability of the whole region. He starts at the local and interprovincial level, where the absence of formal dispute resolution mechanisms has led to an escalating threat of violence. He will also explore the geopolitical tensions surrounding the Indus River that runs from China through India and Pakistan, and at how climate change is threatening to derail historical treaties between these nuclear armed states.

How drought is fuelling conflict in India and Pakistan

03Climate Wars: The New Cold War2020102120201025 (WS)Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at more than twice the global average, and as the ice pack melts, battle lines are being drawn between global superpowers eager to lay claim to newly uncovered mineral resources and trade routes.

Will Robson examines the ratcheting up of tensions between Russia and the United States, as a growing number of military bases, missile tests and military exercises threaten the area’s stability.

He also reveals how China has entered the fray – labelling itself as a “near-Arctic state” and investing in icebreakers and scientific research in an effort to gain access to the “polar silk road” – an increasingly ice-free and potentially profitable trade route across the Arctic ocean.

Is the area set to become the battleground for a new Cold War?

As temperatures rise in the Arctic, global superpowers are eyeing new opportunities

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

In a five part series for the Compass, Major Will Robson investigates how climate change is fuelling conflict across the globe – from guerrilla raids on farmer-herders in Africa to a chilling new Cold War in the Arctic.
He’ll be speaking to both climate and conflict experts to unravel the complicated threads that connect climatic changes, violence, war and global insecurity.

Will Robson has served worldwide, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, he is a travel writer and journalist who has seen first hand the deadly effects of warfare, civil unrest and climate change.

Examining the links between climate change and global conflicts.

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at more than twice the global average, and as the ice pack melts, battle lines are being drawn between global superpowers eager to lay claim to newly uncovered mineral resources and trade routes.

Will Robson examines the ratcheting up of tensions between Russia and the United States, as a growing number of military bases, missile tests and military exercises threaten the area’s stability.

He also reveals how China has entered the fray – labelling itself as a “near-Arctic state” and investing in icebreakers and scientific research in an effort to gain access to the “polar silk road” – an increasingly ice-free and potentially profitable trade route across the Arctic ocean.

Is the area set to become the battleground for a new Cold War?

As temperatures rise in the Arctic, global superpowers are eyeing new opportunities

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

04Climate Wars: The Sahel2020102820201101 (WS)In a five part series for the Compass, Major Will Robson investigates how climate change is fuelling conflict across the globe – from guerrilla raids on farmer-herders in Africa to a chilling new Cold War in the Arctic.
He’ll be speaking to both climate and conflict experts to unravel the complicated threads that connect climatic changes, violence, war and global insecurity.

Will Robson has served worldwide, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, he is a travel writer and journalist who has seen first hand the deadly effects of warfare, civil unrest and climate change.

Examining the links between climate change and global conflicts.

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report identified the Sahel as a ‘climate change hot spot’, a region where human security is particularly threatened by the effects of global warming.

Will Robson explores the area’s war-torn history and investigates how climate change is acting as the catalyst to migration, violent disputes over water and the growth of brutal armed extremists. He hears from those caught in the middle of conflicts in Mali and the Lake Chad region and discovers how drought and rapid desertification are fanning the flames of violence.

Produced by Simon Jarvis and Tom Roseingrave. A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service.

How climate change is acting as a catalyst for conflict in Africa's Sahel region

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report identified the Sahel as a ‘climate change hot spot’, a region where human security is particularly threatened by the effects of global warming.

Will Robson explores the area’s war-torn history and investigates how climate change is acting as the catalyst to migration, violent disputes over water and the growth of brutal armed extremists. He hears from those caught in the middle of conflicts in Mali and the Lake Chad region and discovers how drought and rapid desertification are fanning the flames of violence.

Produced by Simon Jarvis and Tom Roseingrave. A Whistledown Production for the BBC World Service.

How climate change is acting as a catalyst for conflict in Africa's Sahel region

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

05Climate Wars: Central And Northern America2020110420201108 (WS)In a five part series for the Compass, Major Will Robson investigates how climate change is fuelling conflict across the globe – from guerrilla raids on farmer-herders in Africa to a chilling new Cold War in the Arctic.
He’ll be speaking to both climate and conflict experts to unravel the complicated threads that connect climatic changes, violence, war and global insecurity.

Will Robson has served worldwide, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, he is a travel writer and journalist who has seen first hand the deadly effects of warfare, civil unrest and climate change.

Examining the links between climate change and global conflicts.

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

Will Robson investigates the impact climate change is having on human security in Central and Northern America.

He examines how global warming is leading to mass migration across the region, and how a spike in freak weather events is undermining basic social infrastructures.

He also hears why the avocado has become a “conflict commodity” in Mexico, and how climate change threatens the resilience of the USA’s power grid and its nuclear weapons arsenal.

What impact is climate change having on human security in Central and Northern America?