Harper's Worst Offense against Refugees May Be His Climate Record

Anderson, Mitchell
http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/09/07/Harper-Refugee-Offense-Climate/

Date Written:  07/09/2015
Year Published:  2015  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17821

The Middle East drought between 2006 and 2011 was without precedent since modern record keeping, killing over 80 per cent of livestock and driving up local food prices. Already poor populations had to contend with higher temperatures that dried soil and failed rains during the normally wet season due to weaker winds from the Mediterranean. A key long-term driver of this unfolding humanitarian catastrophe is climate change. And on that front, Canada’s record of contributing to this crisis is far more significant than our wretched record so far in resettling Syrian refugees.

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