Date of Award

Winter 12-2014

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

International Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Arts (AM/MA)

Degree Type



Climate change will have negative impacts on the political, economic, and demographic structures of society. These include a rise in ethnic tensions in the Indian Sub Continent, massive immigration to Europe, regional economic collapse and political destabilization in Africa, the inundation of island nations and economic losses in the Americas among many other changes which will combine to destabilize humanity for generations. International affairs has failed to come up with a solution because global warming is a universal prevention focused problem that trades short term gains for long term losses. Global warming will be solved by the onset of grid parity within the next few decades, but it will be too late to avert drastic consequences. Humanity is resilient and civilization will ultimately find a way to cope in an age of global warming.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado

Committee Members

Andy Sobel, Michael E. Wysession, Slava Solomatov, Michael McCabe


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