What we hear is a series of who is to blame and what weapons we should have used to stop the civil war in Syria. Although the problem is indeed quite complex, there is an underlying problem that simply gets pushed off the screen, climate change.
This is from the New York Times in March of this year.
Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011.
The drought was the worst in the country in modern times, and in a study published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists laid the blame for it on a century-long trend toward warmer and drier conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean, rather than on natural climate variability.
We need food, air and water to live. Climate change impacts all of them at the same time and in perverse ways. Droughts, fires, floods, ocean rise, extreme heat and extinctions are not something off in the distance. Call your Members of Congress
and tell them they need to do something to stop climate change now. Wait a couple week and call back to see what they have done. Repeat. For more information on what you can do go to the Citizens' Climate Lobby
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