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Tuesday 25 April 2017

Prince Charles: climate change linked to conflict and terrorism

Prince Charles decorates chocolates during a visit to ‘The House of Dorchester’ chocolate factory in Dorset, England, yesterday. Photo: Getty
Prince Charles decorates chocolates during a visit to ‘The House of Dorchester’ chocolate factory in Dorset, England, yesterday. Photo: Getty

Britain's Prince Charles has said that climate change may have been one of the causes of the current bloody civil war in Syria.

The long-time environmental campaigner linked the conflict, which has left hundreds of thousands dead and created millions of refugees and seen the rise of Isil, with drought in the Middle Eastern nation.

Charles also speaks about his belief that there are links between climate change and terrorism.

He also urged governments to adopt green measures despite austerity, saying there was "a real possibility of nature's bank going bust".

In his interview with Sky News, Prince Charles said: "We're seeing a classic case of not dealing with the problem, because, I mean, it sounds awful to say, but some of us were saying 20 something years ago that if we didn't tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change, which means that people have to move.

"And, in fact, there's very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land."

Asked if there was a direct link between climate change, conflict and terrorism, he added: "It has a huge impact on what is happening... If we say there are obviously endless problems arising all over the place, therefore we deal with them in a short-term way, we never deal with the underlying root cause which, regrettably, is what we're doing to our natural environment."

Irish Independent

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