Climate Change and Drought: A Spark in Igniting Syria’s Civil War

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What? Some analysts say a drought in Syria, exacerbated by climate change, helped fuel the unrest that led to the country's civil war. The rapidly growing urban peripheries of Syria, marked by illegal settlements, overcrowding, poor infrastructure, unemployment, and crime were neglected by the Assad government and became the heart of the developing unrest.

So what? With more extreme weather, we are likely to see more flooding and drought which, in many failed and fragile states, could push social unrest into open conflict or mass migration. In complex adaptive systems, changes in one domain can have unexpected disruptive impacts across the entire system.

Source: The Conversation - Climate change and drought: a spark in igniting Syria’s civil war

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