The violence in Darfur is usually attributed to ethnic hatred. But global warming may be primarily to blame.
I don’t have a subscription, so I’m relying on Climate Progress’s account. Apparently, the author argues that changes in sea surface temperature are likely to have weakened monsoon rains in Darfur. The ecological crisis that resulted from lower rainfall led to the conflict over land, and then to the genocide.
There is another way that climate change is involved. A major political barrier to action on Darfur is the geopolitical maneuvering over Sudan’s oilfields. China is making friends in the Sudanese government, and the US has little interest in losing access to that oil, especially as major existing oilfields start to peak. Our addiction to petroleum – the cause of climate change – ties our hands in dealing with geopolitics and global security.