Climate jihad: how a changing planet fuels terrorism

For some parts of Africa, climate change is already destroying populations, causing unpredictable rains, failing crops and starving livestock. And now, as the battle for resources intensifies, it’s fuelling terrorism and war. 

One of the worst areas affected is the Sahel, a swathe of arid land crossing central Africa, where temperatures are rising by 1.5% more than the global average.

Conflict over diminishing resources is driving jihadi violence in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Today, our International Editor Lindsey Hilsum reports on her recent trip to Niger.