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How climate change helped spark Syrian Revolution, Arab Spring

How climate change helped spark Syrian Revolution, Arab Spring

US Department of Agriculture /Public Domain Is it simply a coincidence that the Syrian revolution was sparked at the same time the country was still reeling from its worst drought ever recorded? Unsurprisingly, a new study on The Arab Spring and Climate Change [PDF] finds evidence it is not. The Toronto Star has a good overview: One million refugees, more than 70,000 dead, scores injured, billions of dollars lost in destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods: the net total, to date, of the conflict that started quietly in March 2011. ... From 2006 to 2011, up to 60 per cent of Syria experienced the worst drought ever recorded; it turned the country’s verdant farmland into dust. “The worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent many millennia ago,” Femia and Werrell wrote. Because of the devasta...

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