March 4, 2015
In a live interview with MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner, Peter Gleick responded to a recent report linking climate change to conflict in Syria. In reference to the report, Dr. Gleick noted that human-induced climate change has exacerbated agricultural, economic, political, and religious tensions in drought-stricken Syria. In the interview, Dr. Gleick pointed out that the unprecedented drought in Syria, in combination with preexisting factors, has led to an increase in incidences of violence in the war-torn country.
Last fall, Peter Gleick wrote a similar report in the American Meteorological society’s, Weather, Climate, and Society that addressed climate change and water-related conflicts in Syria. Find out more about his research in his Huffington Post blog here.