War & Climate Change

We often look on major conflicts in the world as the consequence of a religious creed or because of the imperialist intentions of Western powers.

And yet, mass migrations usually take place because of war, natural disasters or resource shortages especially food and water. We know that war has ravaged Syria and Iraq but some have argued that man-made climate change has also played a significant role.


The war that helped drive the rise of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) was itself spawned in large part by what one expert called perhaps “the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent,” from 2006 to 2010.


That drought destroyed the livelihood of 800,000 people according to the U.N. and sent vastly more into poverty. The poor and displaced fled to cities, “where poverty, government mismanagement and other factors created unrest that exploded in spring 2011.”


A new study, “Climate change in the Fertile Crescent and implications of the recent Syrian drought,” found that global warming made Syria’s 2006 to 2010 drought two to three times more likely.


North & Central America has seen the worst drought in 40 years that puts more than 2 million people in Central America at risk” and “Drought Reduces Mexico’s Agricultural Production by 40%.”


But what scientists tell us we are doing to our climate will be much worse than the Dust Bowl of the 1930 — worse even than medieval U.S. droughts. Indeed, Lisa Graumlich, Dean of the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, notes that the Southwest drought from 1100-1300, “makes the Dust Bowl look like a picnic.”


The impact on the stability of Central America and the Southern States of the USA could be profound leading to mass migration and community conflict on a large scale.


Climate change is no longer a subject for coffee table discussion and academic discourse. It is real and will affect all our lives profoundly.

Gwynne Dyer: Climate Wars, the global effects of unchecked climate change

Global food shortages, waves of refugees, countries at war over dwindling resources. In a new book, Gwynne Dyer offers a terrifying vision of. His new book is called “Climate Wars.” Climate change won’t just make your world a little warmer—it’s also going to make it a lot more dangerous, says geopolitical analyst and journalist Gwynne Dyer. In the decades ahead, says Dyer (Climate Wars), we can expect dwindling resources, massive population shifts, natural disasters, crashing economies, and political extremism—and any of them could tip the world toward conflict.

Climate Change and Water Wars

Environmental leader, Vandana Shiva asserts that because survival, not money, comes out of water harvesting, governments are not preparing for the potentially catastrophic consequences of climate change.

Did Climate Change Cause The Syrian Civil War?

This Video by Seeker Daily looks at the relationship between climate change and civil unrest that can too easily blow up into full scale war.

Michael Klare - War & Climate Change

Author and peace scholar Michael Klare gave this talk as part of a workshop held ahead of the New York Climate Convergence on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at St. John's University - New York City. Sponsored by United For Peace and Justice, the workshop was titled 'Uniting Our Strategies to Stop War and Save the Planet.' Moderator: Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, UFPJ National Co-convener. Presenters: Michael Klare, author of 'Resource Wars,' 'Blood and Oil,' and 'The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources' (15 min.) Lisa Fithian, Alliance of Community Trainers Michael Eisenscher, US Labor Against the War Michael McPhearson, Veterans for Peace Mary Hladky, Military Families Speak Out Matt Howard, Iraq Veterans Against the War Saif Rahman, RESIST For more info: UnitedForPeace.org

How Climate Change Triggers War

Professor Richard Seager, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory-Columbia University joins Thom Hartmann. Four years of bloody civil war has claimed more than 200,000 lives in Syria. The experts say Syria's turmoil is all about sectarian politics - but could climate change be the real culprit? For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!