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Research Study by Villanova Professor Leads to Formulation of Environmental Security Index that Assesses Global Geographic Vulnerability to Conflict

Research Study by Villanova Professor Leads to Formulation of Environmental Security Index that Assesses Global Geographic Vulnerability to Conflict

Terrorism, cyberattacks, and nuclear proliferation are three of the most prominent threats to national security today. But, another, more subtle danger—climate change—has emerged as an integral factor in assessing global geographic vulnerability to conflict, according to a research study conducted by Frank Galgano, PhD, a professor in Villanova University’s Department of Geography and the Environment. Coupled with related economic and demographic challenges, environmental problems can provide the flashpoint that sparks a dangerous downward spiral toward conflict or war.

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