Warming-Fueled Drought Affects Syria, Other Mediterranean Countries

Warming-Fueled Drought Affects Syria, Other Mediterranean Countries, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress. Drought, a fast-growing population, and a corrupt regime have all fueled Syria’s civil war. From 2006 to 2011, 60 percent of Syria’s land experienced, the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began there and nearby many millennia ago. That, on top of natural resource mismanagement by the Assad regime — subsidizing water-intensive wheat and cotton farming and unsustainable irrigation techniques — led to a large amount of devastation. Nearly 75 percent of northeastern farmers suffered total crop failure. Herders there lost around 85 percent of their livestock, affecting over 1 million people. Failure of the government to adequately address the resulting human catastrophe played a huge role in fueling the uprising, noted one Syrian economist.  Climate may increasingly drive wars, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that by 2100 many areas worldwide will likely be experiencing much worse droughts, especially in the Mediterranean. Indeed, this projected drying has already begun in winter, the most important season for water resources.

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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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