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Several studies have pointed to a link between climate change and the civil war in Syria, which started in 2011 and is still ongoing as of 2015. The direct causes of the conflict relate to popular discontent with the government. Yet the mishandling of a major drought in the preceding years likely fed into this discontent, and climate change increased the likelihood for such a drought. We examine these dynamics by introducing the ECC Factbook -- a visual and interactive tool informing policy makers and the general public about conflicts with an environmental dimension.

For more detailed analyses on the background of the civil war in Syria, see the respective Fact Sheet from the ECC Factbook here.