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National Geographic: In Afghanistan, climate change complicates future prospects for peace

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National Geographic, 3 February 2020

An important thematic reminder in the midst of the current hot discussion about ‘elections and peace’, on one of the gravest problems Afghanistan is facing: “Afghanistan is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change, and one of the least equipped to handle what’s to come. (…) While the United States has spent at least $744.9 billion in warfighting since 2001, (… o)nly a small fraction of funding has supported initiatives that help Afghans adapt to climate change, respond to natural disasters, and foster resilience. (…)

While initiatives across Afghanistan strive to foster climate change resilience and adaptation, they largely cannot reverse or slow the effects of climate change because Afghans are not the primary drivers of climate change in their country. “