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7 places climate change could spark war

By: Devereaux Bell on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:22 p.m.
Lake Victoria, Africa

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Lake Victoria, Africa

Talk of war between Kenya and Uganda has recently caused the world to take notice. The dispute is over a tiny, fishing-rich island in Lake Victoria. The one-acre island would hardly be worth fighting over were it not for the effects of climate change, which have pitted already discordant ethnic groups and countries against one another. Environmental damage has worsened a continent-wide water-supply problem, leading to droughts and famine.