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Issue no.21

Development Education and Climate Change

Autumn 2015
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Recent scientific research describes the drought that occurred in Syria between 2007-2010 as having had a ‘catalytic effect’ on the country’s civil war which has already claimed an estimated 200,000 lives and forced more than four million to flee the country – fueling a refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.  As Kelley et al. observe:

“Whether it was a primary or substantial factor is impossible to know, but drought can lead to devastating consequences when coupled with pre-existing acute vulnerability, caused by poor policies and unsustainable land use practices in Syria’s case and perpetuated by the slow and ineffective response of the Assad regime” (2015: 3241-3242).

Also central to their analysis is the role that human influence on the climate system has played in fuelling the current Syrian conflict.  They conclude that:

Audrey Bryan