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energy supply.” Similar scenarios will be replicated all across the planet, as those without the means to survival invade or migrate
to those with greater abundance—producing endless struggles between resource “haves” and “have-nots .” It is this
prospect, more than anything, that worries John Reid. In particular, he expressed concern over the inadequate capacity of poor and unstable
countries to cope with the effects of climate change, and the resulting risk of state collapse, civil war and mass migration. “More than 300 million
people in Africa currently lack access to safe water,” he observed, and “climate change will worsen this dire situation”— provoking more wars
like Darfur. And even if these social disasters will occur primarily in the developing world, the wealthier countries will also be caught up in them,
whether by participating in peacekeeping and humanitarian aid operations, by fending off unwanted migrants or by fighting for access to overseas
supplies of food, oil, and minerals. When reading of these nightmarish scenarios, it is easy to conjure up images of desperate,...
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