Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change and hunger-related conflict?

by Geoffrey Mohan

Climate change probably worsened the drought that caused severe crop failure¬† that preceded Syria’s uprising, a new study suggests. Here, a refugee camp is seen in Syria near the Turkish border town of Cilvegozu. Photo: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

Science just served up a double coupon for the argumentative: A new study suggests that climate change is driving a Middle East conflict that brought the Islamic State to prominence.

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