The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has released a worrying report, entitled "Environment of Peace: Security in a New Era of Risk."
"A compound environmental crisis and a darkening security horizon are feeding each other in dangerous ways," SIPRI's researchers write. Felled forests, melting glaciers and polluted oceans are occurring simultaneously with an rise in the number of conflict-related deaths, arms expenditures and increasing numbers of people at risk of starvation. Pandemics pose further dangers.
Lacking a global plan, the world is "stumbling" into these intertwined dangers, according to SIPRI.
"Nature and peace are so closely linked that damaging one damages the other. By the same reasoning, enhancing one enhances the other," SIPRI's director, Dan Smith, explained.