Using conflict data to investigate climate change-related protests

Data on protests around the world show that climate change and environmental issues, such as water scarcity, are increasingly sending people out to take their grievances to the streets.

Data suggests more people protest over climate change-related issues, such as water scarcity (image: Dreamstime)
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Global data analysis

Research: ‘Water Rights and Water Fights: Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Before They Boil Over’; Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH corresponding author and Victor W. Sidel, MD

Not all protest records go back as far as Africa, one of the driest regions in the world, especially North Africa. Luckily, ACLED collects data from all African countries starting from 1997 to the present. Middle Eastern countries are covered from 2016 to the present (with the exception of Yemen, 2015–present), Saudi Arabia (2015–present), and Syria (2017–present); South and Southeast Asian countries are covered from 2010 to the present, with the exception of India (2016–present), Indonesia (2015–present), the Philippines (2016–present), and Malaysia (2018–present).

Graphic: TJ
Graphic: TJ

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