Climate Change and Civil War

Climate Change Hastened Syria’s Civil War – Scientific American.

Climate change can make storms stronger, cold spells longer and water supplies drier. But can it cause war? A new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says drought in Syria, exacerbated to record levels by global warming, pushed social unrest in that nation across a line into an open uprising in 2011. The conflict has since become a major civil war with international involvement.

More severe droughts are on the way, according to climatologists.  Although the US is a pretty stable place, what will happen when the water runs out in the west?

Drying and drought in Syria from 2006 to 2011—the worst on record there—destroyed agriculture, causing many farm families to migrate to cities. The influx added to social stresses already created by refugees pouring in from the war in Iraq [.]

Will we see “water wars”?

Although civil unrest is far less likely there, tension is indeed growing between political leaders in northern and southern California over who gets the increasingly scarce water from rivers, underground aquifers and snow melt, all of which are declining.

What about locally?  Electro Purification has met with a lot of protests from local residents as they drill in an unregulated portion of the Trinity aquifer.  What will happen when the neighbors’ pumps run dry?

Climate Change Hastened Syria's Civil War - Scientific American

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