CLEAN TECHNICA | The human body can go about 3 minutes without oxygen and about 30 days without food, but it can only go about 3 days without water. People without access to clean water either move or die. If enough of them move, they risk becoming stateless refugees, unwelcome in other areas (particularly the United States), which leads to political unrest.
Researchers at MIT, in conjunction with colleagues at Université Mohamed VI Polytechnique in Morocco, have been working lately on understanding the connection between a warming climate and reduced rainfall in northwest Africa and in the Middle East. Drier climates in those areas have already been noted and many analysts believe drought is a major reason why millions of Syrian people are fleeing their homeland. (A bloody war that has gone on for over a decade hasn’t helped, either.)
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