In February of 2008, a panel of environmental experts gathered at the Ismaili Centre Lecture series in London. The panel veered away from discussing the impact on our natural environment, and focused on the social impacts of global warming. Storms that have been altered and intensified by a rapid changing environment would damage and/or destroy critical infrastructure that helps keep economies functioning. The panel also commented on the drastic rainfall pattern changes currently being experienced in Africa. Changes like these will benefit certain societies and damage others. This in turn will lead to conflict between the devastated and thriving communities, and will only increase global instability 3.