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Does climate change kill people in Darfur?

Lyal S Sunga

Keywords: climate change; Darfur; ethnic armed conflict; empirical data; vulnerability

Abstract

The author argues that the relationship between climate change and the deaths in Darfur is less direct than some accounts suggest. While ‘ontological vulnerability’ theory is not without promise for understanding the relationship between climate change and its effects on human populations, the theory requires supplementation with the kind of empirical work reflected in vulnerability and adaptation science. The author suggests that existing international legal arrangements offer a well-established, accepted and universal normative, theoretical and practical framework to help understand and address the relationship between climate change and human well-being in general and between climate change and the outbreak of ethnic armed conflict in particular.

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