Climate Change And Energy Demands Grow Instability in Iraq, Syria

Climate change  operates in concert with other human activities. In this case, climate-change-enhanced droughts in Iraq and Syria are occurring as Turkish energy demands spurs construction of hydroelectric dams on the Tigris. The results are heart-breaking and serious, decimating water supplies and fomenting serious instability, as these posts show.

Check out, then pls LIKE and SHARE these  heart-breaking, insightful stories from Syria and Iraq, describing the building water crises and the resulting instability unfolding, posted by Julia Harte (FD: my freelance Istanbul journalist daughter):

In her latest, a Syrian declares how he sees another war erupting over the shutoff of water from Turkey’s upcoming Ilisu dam, w. video:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/13/two-views-of-the-tigris-a-syrian-and-an-iraqi-kurd-discuss-turkeys-dams/

An intimate, heart-breaking look at how the lack of water destroyed one family’s livelihood, w. video:

http://juliaharte.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/8000-years-after-its-advent-agriculture-is-withering-in-southern-iraq/
Here, an Iraqi regional leader estimates that 1 in 3 Iraqis will lose their livelihoods once the upcoming Turkish Ilisu hydroelectric dam comes online, w. video:
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/23/enkis-gift-how-civilization-bubbled-from-the-waters-of-mesopotamia/

Imagine if 1 in 3 Americans lost their livelihoods from lack of water – and we are much more politically stable…

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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