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.