This post is by Sheryl Canter, Online Writer and Editorial Manager at Environmental Defense.
This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to people fighting global climate change. What does fighting climate change have to do with world peace? Here's the answer that Michael Oppenheimer, Ph.D., one of the team of authors of the IPCC's 2007 reports and science advisor to Environmental Defense, gave in an interview with PBS:
A stable climate helps keep the peace. We see situations all around the world where shortages of the sorts of resources that will shrivel under a changing climate, like water for food, water for agriculture, are contributory factors in places like Darfur, the Horn of Africa, where instability is rife, and governments just can't hold it together, and people die. That's ultimately why this is justifiably a prize for peace.