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Climate, water, and the Syrian civil war: A scientist connects the dots

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A mans puts his hand in dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria in 2010. Lack of rain and mismanagement of the land and water resources have forced up to half of million people to flee the region in one of Syria's largest internal migrations since 1920.

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REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

Did a prolonged drought in Syria help spark the country's civil war?

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Did climate change contribute to that drought?

Host Marco Werman speaks with UC Irvine hydrologist Jay Famigliette, who's one of a growing number of researchers who are connecting the dots between climate change, water scarcity and conflict in the region.