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Hot Zone - Is climate change destabilizing Iraq? [anything to distract from foreign policy errors]
Slate ^ | June 27, 2014 | Eric Holthaus

Posted on 06/29/2014 2:54:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

This winter was not a good one for farmers in the Fertile Crescent.

A punishing drought hit most of Syria and northern Iraq during what’s normally the wettest time of the year. In the mountains of eastern Turkey, which form the headwaters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, snow and rain were less than half of normal. The region has seen one of the worst droughts in decades.

Drought is becoming a fixture in the parched landscape, due to a drying trend of the Mediterranean and Middle East region fueled by global warming. The last major drought in this region (2006-2010) finished only a few years ago. When taken in combination with other complex drivers, increasing temperatures and drying of agricultural land is widely seen as assisting in the destabilization of Syria under the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Before civil war broke out there, farmers abandoned their desiccated fields and flooded the cities with protests. A series of U.N. reports released earlier this year found that global warming is already destabilizing nation states around the world, and Syria has been no exception.

With the ongoing crisis in Iraq seemingly devolving by the day, it’s not a stretch to think something similar could already be underway just next door.

Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq?

The short answer is a qualified yes, according to Frank Femia of the Center for Climate and Security, a Washington-based policy institute advised by senior retired military and national security leaders. He explained in a phone interview:...

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: dictates; epa; globalwarming; socialist
Also, here is a MUST read for those following climate change propaganda and how it is being taught (and resisted) in U.S. schools.
1 posted on 06/29/2014 2:54:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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"Is climate change destabilizing Iraq?"

Yes, as it has for tens of centuries.
2 posted on 06/29/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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Is drought destabilizing Kansas? Worse drougt in 50 years -http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/?n=drought


3 posted on 06/29/2014 3:07:21 AM PDT by x_plus_one (The enemy is at the gate and the writing is on the wall. Islam Delenda Est.)
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Notice how the AGW nuts always talk about droughts, but leave out the abnormal rains that occur elsewhere. Seems England has had heavy rains and flooding in recent years...

Nothing happening other than normal, cyclical REAL climate changes around the world.


4 posted on 06/29/2014 3:33:47 AM PDT by octex
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From article - “The government of Iraq has named 2014 as a national Year of Environment in an attempt to prioritize the rehabilitation of the country’s degraded lands after years of conflict.”

Someone didn’t send ISIS that memo


5 posted on 06/29/2014 4:14:12 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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“The government of Iraq has named 2014 as a national Year of Environment in an attempt to prioritize the rehabilitation of the country’s degraded lands after years of conflict.”

Yeah, it's the conflict...that's the ticket. Those people are just flat out dirty as hell. They don't use trash cans, they just toss their crap into the streets. A large number of residential streets in Baghdad (and Mosul and about every other town/city in that country I was in) has open sewage running through the streets, sometimes collecting into large pools where the roads have crumbled away due to poor construction/maintenance.

But I'm sure their environment sucks due to "conflict."

6 posted on 06/29/2014 4:18:52 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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From your linked article: Other teachers stop short of spelling out facts, in part, because they're afraid of what might happen if they do. "I stay out of the process because when I first started teaching this I was labeled an evangelist. I have a kid of my own, and I have a job to keep," said Colorado science teacher Cheryl Manning. "I want my students to come away understanding that human activity has caused global warming. But I don't tell them that explicitly.""

Pretty much says it all on how teachers teach.

7 posted on 06/29/2014 4:21:41 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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Yes, Global Warming caused ISIS.

Certainly not Obama’s Cloward-Piven strategies.

In other news, space aliens are switching your regular coffee with Folger’s Instant Crystals.

Is such a thing even possible? Yes it is.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 4:22:50 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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Hum. Didn’t Turkey just shut off the water flowing into Iraq? I’m sure their view is that water not used in Turkey is simply wasted. But I’m sure that adds to the aridness more than global warming.

(I was about to make a comment about the Colorado and Mexico. But then I found this. When I was there late in 2009 there was no water at the outflow in Mexico.)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140322-colorado-river-delta-pulse-flow-morelos-dam-minute-319-water/


9 posted on 06/29/2014 4:46:08 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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Eric Holthaus, the author of this article, is lambasted here:

Meteorologist brought to tears by climate change report asks, ‘Is global warming destabilizing Iraq?’
10 posted on 06/29/2014 6:40:40 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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