"Climate Change and Rising Food Prices Heightened Arab Spring"

"The effects of climate change on the food supply exacerbated the underlying tensions that have led to ongoing Middle East instability."

"If the Arab Spring taught us something, it is that the effects of climate change can serve as stressors, contributing to regional instability and conflict, experts said.

In a report published last week, researchers from the Center for American Progress, the Center for Climate and Security and the Stimson Center examined the role of climate change in the Middle East's upheaval during 2010 and 2011. Looking at long-term trends in rain, crops, food prices and migration, they were able to determine how these factors contributed to social instability in the region.

'The Arab Spring would likely have come one way or another, but the context in which it did is not inconsequential. Global warming may not have caused the Arab Spring, but it may have made it come earlier,' the report says."

Ines Perez reports for ClimateWire and Scientific American  March 4, 2013.

Source: ClimateWire, 03/05/2013