On Wednesday, May 4, ASP Senior Fellow for Climate Security Jessica Olcott Yllemo was quoted in an AP News article entitled For marine biologist, Haitian gangs make work dangerous. In the piece, author Trenton Daniel discusses the dangers that climate activists like Jean Wiener—founder of the environmental group, Foundation for the Protection of Marine Biodiversity—face in countries like Haiti. According to Olcott Yellemo,
“If the temperatures continue to rise and you don’t have basic functions because you don’t have a functioning government, climate sort of just exacerbates those different threats and hazards.”
As climate change plays a more significant role in conflicts, it will be challenging for scientists to perform research and conduct projects in conflict areas. This challenge will make it difficult to directly study the ways in which climate is contributing to instability and the means by which it can best be mitigated.