Climate Change and Rising Food Prices Heightened Arab Spring

Dave Barnett
By Dave Barnett on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 - 12:54pm

Another foreshadowing of collapse...

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=climate-change-and-rising-food-prices-heightened-arab-spring

"Because of globalization, regional climate events can have a global extent, the report says. What's more, scenarios where weather events unfold economic and political shifts are likely to be repeated as climate volatility, expanding populations and competition for resources disturb national stability, the report says.

National collapse becomes a security threat
According to Michael Werz, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and one of the authors of the report, the argument here is that there are a number of symptoms -- such as food scarcity, water rationing, crops failure, migration and rapid urbanization -- squeezing the margins of what a society can deal with before exploding.

"This is pushing many societies, especially those with a weak state, to their limits," Werz said...

"We've gone from a connected world to an interconnected world, and from an interconnected world to an interdependent world," said New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman. "When the world is this interdependent, your rivals failing is much more dangerous than your rivals rising," he said.

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