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Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?
Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change?

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 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This doesn't mean that climate change caused the conflict, which has many complex roots -- but it did make Syria more vulnerable to uprising, the study...

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