Behind the wars, drought

Climate change is the most destabilizing force in today’s world

Friedman’s like a broken watch — right twice a day — and this is one of his moments. He mentions the drought that underlies the war in Syria, and another one besetting Africa:

Thomas Friedman, Out of Africa

Just as Syria’s revolution was set off in part by the worst four-year drought in the country’s modern history — plus overpopulation, climate stresses and the Internet — the same is true of this African migration wave.

The reality is that war — with its bangs and booms, its rape and rage — captures our immediate attention, but behind the scenes of carnage and flight is the true adversary — climate change and its shock troops: drought and famine.

And Europe is not ready for 100 million climate refugees, but here they come.

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Work ecologist. Founder, Work Futures. The ecology of work and the anthropology of the future.

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