Climate change in the Fertile Crescent and implications of the recent Syrian drought

Two recent reports that link Climate Change to the situation in the Middle East. Does the migration crisis have roots in the impact of CC?

http://www.pnas.org/content/112/11/3241.full

and

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-finds-drought-in-eastern-mediterranean-worst-of-past-900-years

These reports don’t necessarily mean that the Syrian drought has caused the present crisis, but they go some way to understanding why it was possible. There could have been positive remedial responses, like better farming practice and water management, which could have kept Syria stable and less vulnerable.

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About rob simpson

Social entrepreneur developing Community Supported Agriculture Co-operative in west Surrey, UK.
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One Response to Climate change in the Fertile Crescent and implications of the recent Syrian drought

  1. rob simpson says:

    How climate change and failed agricultural policies have contributed to conflict in Syria.
    While ideological, political and religious differences are clearly major causes in the Syrian conflict, what often gets overlooked is the impact of climate change and agricultural policies in generating a social and ecological disaster.
    http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/climate-change-agriculture-syria-conflict/?utm_source=SFT+Newsletter&utm_campaign=04313aa0dc-Newsletter_07_10_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bf20bccf24-04313aa0dc-104838669

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