Climate change fueling Eyptian protests
Most major political shifts are caused at least in part by economic pressures. Food prices are now at an all-time high. Those prices have, according to a wide range of analysts, contributed to the political revolts first in Tunisia and now in Egypt.
Don't take my word for it. Find the connection spelled out on NPR and in the New York Times. Agriculture has developed over millennia based on our knowledge of how the weather behaves in a given region. When those assumptions prove false, crops fail, food prices go up, people get hungry and blame their leaders.
Who knows, Egypt may get real democracy out of this uprising. But it's also possible that Muslim fundamentalists will rise to power like they did in Iran after the Shah's overthrow. Political instability in regions as volatile as the Middle East is not just a humanitarian disaster waiting to happen; it's a threat to our national interests. Which means acting to control climate change is, too.