“A connection between climate and conflict”
Most of the predicted effects of climate change now familiar to most involve the rise of sea levels and an increase in intensity of severe weather events. Now, some researchers are looking at evidence that climate change may also increase the risk of armed conflict. In Syria, for example, some have noted that severe drought drove farmers into population centers as their crops failed and farming was no longer economically viable. But the job market in these cities was not sufficient for the increase in population, leading to unrest and, eventually, civil war. Such human conflict can also have drastic effects on heritage sites.
By Chelsea Harvey
The Washington Post
July 25, 2016