Neither fish nor fowl? So who is this author writing about? Climate refugees (15 million) or war refugees from Syria?
How about we don't fall into that it is only the war scenario and enough of the pseudo-political "It's the empire man. it's all because of the the empire dude!"
How about that you should expect to see wars and conflict wherever drastic climate change occurs, wherever extreme drought in already arid regions occurs...armed conflict is the result. How about we stop playing the media game and deal with the straight forward fact of global warming has geopolitical effects which are virtually predictable.
The politicians want to make the reasons for the refugee crisis all about the war. As if that makes the refugees less sympathetic looking... less needful to be relocated permanently.
Reading this author was an eye opener. First he says that climate change is only part of the problem for this refugee crisis and then he keeps talking about climate change almost exclusively as the cause of refugee crises. It was as if he read the MSM accounts of war being the cause and tried to accommodate that perspective but found himself seeing the reality instead.
Look at these people and call them what they are. Refugees because climate change (extreme drought) lessened the capacity of the region where they lived to support them, so they began to move. That left them open to being exploited and their situation being manipulated by both sides in the conflict with the refugees caught between them and as always still remaining as refugees from the drought.
Look at the climate change future where the haves will try to build walls to keep humanity (climate refugees) back in the countries where they will suffer from drought and wars caused by drought. Exactly what else would walls do but keep people in the places that they are trying to flee from?
Stop talking about empire, it doesn't matter anyway. Even if you are right it still doesn't matter because only the drought does anyway. The war may end but the drought will remain and cause more refugees (and more conflicts).
The days of troubles begin for a future that nobody wanted and everybody will end up having. The refugees are from the future of 150 million refugees not just 15 million. These refugees are from our future. First glimpse of what is to come.