Climate change triggered Syrian conflict: Study

March 3, 2015 11:42 AM

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Climate change triggered Syrian conflict: Study

Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said on Monday that a recent 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 on Monday in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences", the scientists laid the blame for it on a centurylong trend toward warmer and drier conditions in the eastern Mediterranean, rather than on natural clima...

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