By Dan Shapley
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has endorsed a theory about the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan that traces the origin of the conflict to global climate change. He attributes a lack of rainfall that has led to a decades-long drought, in part, to man-made global warming. And that drought set off competition for scarce food and water resources that ultimately triggered the ethnic strife that has led to the death of 200,000 or more, capturing much of the world's consciousness. Even weather events, apparently close indicators of the state of the climate, are difficult or impossible to attribute to larger changes in the global climate. But the secretary-general's assessment about the root cause of conflict in Sudan says something about the potential for future conflicts, should continued climate change upset fragile water and food supply balances in unsteady regions of the world, according to a story in the June 17 Deseret Morning News.