Kayla Fowler


The Earth’s temperature has risen on average 0.14 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since 1880—a total of 2 degrees. Since 1981, the rate of warming has been over twice as fast at 0.32 degrees Fahrenheit per decade. 2022 was the sixth-warmest year on record, and the 10 warmest years have all occurred since 2010. These long-term shifts in temperature exemplify the changes to our climate due to the increasing accumulation of gases caused by human activity on Earth, more commonly referred to as climate change. While it is abundantly clear that climate change is negatively affecting our environment, it is also true that climate change is contributing to increased conflict between humans and exasperating already fraught relationships between groups of people. These conflicts can evolve into violent disputes that endanger both the individuals and resources involved.



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