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Scientists link rising temperatures with violence and civil war

Courtesy Edward Miguel
Edward Miguel at the TEDxBerkeley conference in 2014

Some scientists are saying that you can’t talk about the global refugee crisis without talking about another crisis: climate change.

Edward Miguel is an economist at UC Berkeley who warns that as the planet heats up, we’ll be seeing more wars and more mass migration. He talked to Hana Baba about the link between rising temperatures, violence, and civil disorder.

EDWARD MIGUEL: "These long term warming and drying trends are associated with the collapse of several major human civilizations."

Edward Miguelis a professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley, and a director of the Center for Effective Global Action.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.