Syria – Climate Change & Civil War
November 24, 2015
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Here’s a link to a Mother Jones magazine article that features a comic strip explaining how Syria’s civil war was fomented by climate change. In March, a Scientific American article also addressed this subject.
“Climate change can make storms stronger, cold spells longer and water supplies drier. But can it cause war? A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says drought in Syria, exacerbated to record levels by global warming, pushed social unrest in that nation across a line into an open uprising in 2011.
“Drying and drought in Syria from 2006 to 2011—the worst on record there—destroyed agriculture, causing many farm families to migrate to cities. The influx added to social stresses already created by refugees pouring in from the war in Iraq, explains Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who co-authored the study. The drought also pushed up food prices, aggravating poverty.”
“Seager added that the entire Middle East “faces a drier, hotter climate due to climate change. This will stress water resources and agriculture, and will likely further increase risk of conflict.”