University College London on Tuesday published the findings of a research report that links levels of mass population displacement in East Africa over the past half century to social and political factors and not to climate change.
The authors of the report linked some eight out of ten armed conflicts in East Africa to unconstrained population growth which occurred a decade ago. It also concluded that economic slowdowns were indicative of 70 percent of population displacements a decade later.
[Zicutake] Climate change not the key driver of human conflict and displacement in East… https://t.co/ZFO5rSkj0U— Zicutake USA Comment (@Zicutake) April 24, 2018
Climate change not the key driver of human conflict and displacement in East Africa https://t.co/cqRRVnRTLA Science daily News— Md Abul Khair (@Mdabulkhair01) April 24, 2018
While not discounting the increased severity of droughts and other climatic events, the report concludes that the level of human displacement in Africa could be dramatically reduced by more stable and effective governance as well as sustained and sustainable economic growth.