Obama cites climate-conflict research / by Solomon Hsiang

I was driving into the office today when I heard on the radio that in a speech at the Coast Guard Academy graduation, President Obama said,

"Around the world, climate change increases the risk of instability and conflict. "

Not only that, but he gets it:

"Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world.  Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East."

Not bad.