Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?

March 4, 2015 3:10 PM

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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.

Climate change contributed to the severity of a record-setting drought that led to agricultural collapse in Syria's breadbasket region, pushing rural residents into crowded cities where the 2011 uprising against President Bashar Assad began, according to a study published this week in the journal Pr...

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