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The Climate Change–Violence Nexus: Implications for Workplace Violence Prevention and Threat Assessment

Along with the devastating environmental effects of climate change, the climate crisis is also a disaster for human health and psychological well-being. Researchers have seen a rise in climate-related grief, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and depression, as well as rising interpersonal aggression and violence and impaired cognitive and brain function—all of which have direct implications for safety, security, and business continuity.

How Climate and Security Are Connected

While catastrophic natural disasters have direct and overt impacts, such events often trigger a cascade of second or third order impacts which manifest in ways that are hard to predict.

Infographic: Who is at Risk from Sea Level Rise?

“Rising seas are sinking futures,” said United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in remarks to the UN Security Council in February 2023. “Sea-level rise is not only a threat in itself, it is a threat multiplier.”

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