Peak Oil and War
The authors of a new study warn that food and water shortages that could potentially be caused by global warming could spark wars. The study conducted, evaluated the history and correlation between war and climate change between the years 1000AD and 1911AD. The study was published in the August 2007 issue of Human Ecology which reviewed 899 wars fought by China during the time period mentioned. The study found that the occurrence of war was in sync with times of agricultural problems due to climate changes.
Also, a report was released by several top retired military officials in the U.S. back in April that warned that global warming as a national security threat. They predicted war over water, and various other problems due to rising sea levels. It is true that global warming will in fact benefit some regions while hurting others. For example, the northern hemisphere will experience better farming conditions due to warmer conditions while the tropical regions will experience more severe weather patterns.
And finally, there is a group of scientists who fear that we are about to experience worldwide peak oil between 2008 and 2018. Once peak oil does occur, the world will never be able to produce as much oil as it once did. Scientists have studied the peak oil issue for some time and say they all seem to have a different prediction model. Some scientists believe that by the time the world realizes it has reached peak oil, industrialized nations will have already begun to wage wars against other nations for the dwindling remains of oil. Imagine waking up to CNN or FOX news to hear that the world has reached peak oil…the gas prices at the pump would literally sky rocket.
Possible Solution: We need to urge our governments to support alternative fuels and renewable energy. The only way we can do that is to write letters, join campaigns, and spread information. Drive fuel efficient vehicles or conserve as much energy at home as possible. All these things combined will be able to produce a positive reaction. Cheers.
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