Power of Geospatial Approch: Linking climate change and armed conflict, we can answer tomorrow’s World Peace today.

These days my aim is to model the relationship between Climate Change and Outbreak of Armed Conflict. We might know about the movie, Lord of war by Nicolas Cage. Bullet from Soviet Union weapons factory shipped across the world to an African warzone; fueled armed conflict (gun trade). Then again, Oil of Sudan and guns from china plotted the war in Sudan. So there are pictures in the pages of history, which give a vivid picture of armed conflict and the reason behind those.

Last few years several researchers were trying to model the relationship between climate change and armed conflict and of them indicated that climate change increase risk of armed conflict but there are disagreements too. Almost no spatial time series modeling has been done or suffers from poor data and inappropriate research designs. So, I was motivated to fill that gap by geospatial research approach with high resolution data and I have found that there are significant relation between climate change and armed conflict.

Information on this sort of relationship can help policy maker to take the right decision today for tomorrow’s peace. Here I am attaching a prediction map showing the risk zone for amred conflict due to climate change effect.

Prediction of Armed Conflict in Eastern part of Africa due to Climate Change Effect

Prediction of Armed Conflict in Eastern part of Africa due to Climate Change Effect

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New York newspaper posts map with names and addresses of handgun permit owners

Gun laws in the United States are a sensitive issue.  Especially now, after fatal mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. As a European I don’t really understand American need to have a fatal weapon at home. Do you really want to shoot people or it’s just about the right to have a gun? But we are not here to discuss cultural differences… we are here to discuss about MAPS:).

The Journal News, a New York newspaper has published a Google map that shows the names and addresses of pistol or revolver permits in Westchester and Rockland counties. The information was gathered through requests filed under Freedom of Information laws.. The map omits owners of rifles and shotguns, which can be purchased in New York without a permit. A third county, Putnam County, is still in the process of handing the information over to the paper for publication.

It’s definitely a controversial idea but it might help to capture the scale…

47 – Percentage of Americans who claim to have at least one gun at home.
5,400 – Licensed firearms manufacturers in the United States in 2011.
310 million – Total number of nonmilitary firearms in the United States.
$75 or less – Retail price of a low-caliber handgun.


Gun Map

source: The Verge


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