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At the root of Egyptian rage is a deepening resource crisis

At the root of Egyptian rage is a deepening resource crisis | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Egypt’s resource crisis is more than the primary driver of its own collapse: It could potentially destabilize the entire region, if not the world."

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Must-read article on the crisis in Egypt and the Middle East. Nafeez Ahmed  is one of the few analysts who is able and willing to understand the nexus between the economic, the ecological and the energy crises.

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Climate change, drought and social unrest in Syria

Climate change, drought and social unrest in Syria | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
An influx of drought-hit farmers into Syrian cities may be a factor behind the worsening political violence...

 

Interesting analysis in Reuters AlertNet on some of the ecological (climate change and drought) causes behind the revolution in Syria.

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The Other Arab Spring

The Other Arab Spring | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Environmental pressures, not just political and economic ones, stirred change in the Mideast.

 

Thomas Friedman makes the connection between environmental degradation in the Middle East and the Arab uprisings.

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Burning Oil to Keep Cool: The Hidden Energy Crisis in Saudi Arabia

"On the current trajectory, Saudi Arabia’s domestic energy consumption could limit its exports of oil within a decade. This would have a severe effect on government spending, over 80% of which is dependent on oil revenues.1 Ultimately, it may reduce Saudi Arabia’s spare production capacity, causing greater volatility in the world oil markets."

 

Fascinating new report by Chatham House - read about implications for peak oil and future geopolitical developments in the Middle East

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