PNAS Study: Climate, Population Helped Spark Syrian Conflict

March 3, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Did climate change spark 2011 Syrian uprising?

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A new study has said that a record drought, stoked by ongoing manmade climate change that ravaged Syria in 2006-2010 may have sparked the 2011 Syrian uprising.

Researchers say the drought, the worst ever recorded in the region, destroyed agriculture in the breadbasket region of northern Syria, driving dispossessed farmers to cities, where poverty, government mismanagement and other factors created unrest that exploded in spring 2011. The conflict has since evolved into a complex multinational war that has killed at least 200,000 people and displaced millions.

The study was published in the leading journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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