How climate change is fueling extremism

by Isabelle Gerretsen, CNN

Climate change is already triggering devastating weather events across the planet, including prolonged droughts, flash floods and wildfires.

Parts of Africa and the Middle East are experiencing erratic harvests, heavy storms and the worst drought in the past 900 years.

Experts say that people here who are struggling to provide for their families are vulnerable to the influence of extremist recruits who offer them work and food.

Across the Sahel, a semi-arid region between the Sahara desert and Sudanian Savannah in Africa, temperature increases are projected to be 1.5 times higher than the global average, according to the United Nations.

About 50 million people in the Sahel are pastoralists whose livelihoods depend on rearing livestock.

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