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Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study


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Syrian Conflict Has Underlying Links to Climate Change, Says Study

Thalif Deen, IPS News

UNITED NATIONS - Was the four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people, mostly civilians, triggered at least in part by climate change?

A new study by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory says “a record drought that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 was likely stoked by ongoing man-made climate change, and that the drought may have helped propel the 2011 Syrian uprising.”


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Thia was the premise of the one of the stories in the acclaimed Showtime series, "Years of Living Dangerously." Highly recommended. Now on Netflix and available in DVD.

Climate change is exacerbating numerous problems and challenges. Yet, the controlling political party in the US is made up of a bunch of deniers and the the US, the major contributor to climate change/global warming, twittles its thumbs.


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No Matt - the research is quite a bit more complex and multi-faceted than your suggested chain of events. There are talking about climate change as an exacerbator of conflict. In the case of Syria, the drought forced and displacing numerous people off of their lands and into cities, creating a situation more rife for violence.