Prince Charles says all of the turmoil stemming from Syria – the rampant refugee crisis, the country’s internal civil wars, even the formation and foothold of ISIS – can all be traced back to an unlikely culprit: Climate change.
Reports USA Today on Nov. 23: “Charles, a known environmental campaigner, is scheduled to give a keynote speech at the opening of the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris next week. In an interview with Sky News due to be aired Monday, the heir to the British throne said he was concerned that disaster would follow if issues such as global warming are not addressed more urgently.”
Calling climate change a “root cause” of the Syrian conflicts and the ongoing refugee crisis driving millions into Europe, Charles said: “We’re seeing a classic case of not dealing with the problem, because, I mean, it sounds awful to say, but some of us were saying 20 years ago that if we didn’t tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change, which means that people have to move.”
And, in fact, there’s very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land. – Prince Charles
When probed about a possible link between climate change and the rise of terrorism, Prince Charles said: “It’s only in the last few years that the Pentagon has actually started to pay attention to [climate change]. I mean, it has a huge impact on what is happening.”
At least a quarter of a million Syrians have lost their lives, while at least four million have fled the country since civil wars started in 2011.
A growing academic belief is linking change to conflicts.
A 2013 survey determined that warmer temps coupled with extremes in rainfall could increase “group conflict” by 56 percent, while “individual conflict” could raise 16 percent.
According to a DOD report from October 2014, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, “Rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty, and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees and resources, and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.”
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