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By the Numbers Winter 2019-2020

December 5, 2019  • Institute Staff

The effects of climate change are not limited to increasing temperatures. Climate change also causes famine, severe weather events, and agricultural change, all of which can result in socioeconomic and political upheavals. For example, extreme drought threatens the food supply in some regions, making mass migration crises inevitable. Countries are starting to realize the widespread impacts of climate change on national security—but can they act in time? This year, the Institute’s Energy and Environment Program partnered with the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy to participate in the student-run Inter-Policy School Summit, which looks for tangible solutions to pressing global issues. Students from 14 universities explored strategies that specifically address climate change and national security. To read the conference report and learn about the students’ proposals, go to