Peacefulness improves but climate a growing problem

The world is a more peaceful place, but climate change presents a major and growing concern for stability.

The 13th edition of the annual Global Peace Index (GPI) report from the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) reveals that the average level of global peacefulness improved for the first time in five years. However, the report also highlights the security risks posed by climate change. An estimated 971 million people live in areas with high or very high exposure to climate hazards, with 400 million of these people living in countries with low levels of peace. The report also finds that eight of the 25 least peaceful countries have 103 million people at risk in high climate hazard areas, and regionally, sub-Saharan Africa has the weakest coping capacity for climate hazards, which could exacerbate violent conflicts.

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