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  • Thankful for all Veterans on this special day of recognition and remembering in a special way my dad and his three brothers who served in WWII. It's a day to remember and to be grateful.

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  • When talking about immigration issues, is it time to discuss how it is related to environmental changes? Following are excerpts from Time magazine. Is Climate Change Behind the Surge of Immigration? How is climate change affecting immigration? According to a recent article in Time magazine, climate scientists say it is significant and is likely to get worse. For example, from 2006 to 2011, large swaths of Syria suffered an extreme drought that, according to climatologists, was exacerbated by climate change. The drought lead to increased poverty and relocation to urban areas, according to a report by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and cited by Scientific American. “That drought, in addition to its mismanagement by the Assad regime, contributed to the displacement of two million in Syria,” says Francesco Femia, of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Climate and Security. “That internal displacement may have contributed to the social unrest that precipitated the civil war. Which generated the refugee flows into Europe.” And what happened in Syria, he says, is likely to play out elsewhere going forward. Across the Middle East and Africa climate change, according to climatologists at the U.S. Department of Defense-funded Strauss Center project on Climate Change and African Political Stability in Texas, has already affected weather. These changes have contributed to more frequent natural disasters like flooding and drought. Agricultural land is turning to desert and heat waves are killing of crops and grazing animals. Over the long term, changing weather patterns are likely to drive farmers, fishermen and herders away from affected areas, according to Femia’s Center for Climate and Security, and into urban centers – as has already happened in Syria. The Pentagon calls climate change a “threat multiplier.” As greater waves of migrants in search of security and sustenance, we will have a new class of migrants called “climate refugees.” Security analysts say, “All the indicators seem to fairly solidly convey that climate change – desertification and lack of water, or floods, are massively contributing to human mobility.” says Michael Werz, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress policy group in Washington, D.C. It’s not enough to talk about ending conflict, says Femia. “A lot more attention has to be paid to putting more resources into climate adaptation and water security and food security, so migration doesn’t become the primary option.” Tackling the problem at its source doesn’t mean ending conflict, but stopping it before it starts. And that means addressing climate change as well.