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        Global Climate Change and Civil Unrest: The Arab Spring | Extreme Realities

        In this video segment from Journey to Planet Earth: Extreme Realities, discover how climate shifts in early 2010 resulted in global food shortages and political unrest in the Middle East. A split jet stream generated extreme flooding in Pakistan and sweltering temperatures and wildfires in Russia resulting in a 40% loss of grain harvest. Protecting Russian citizens from rising food prices, President Vladimir Putin banned wheat exports, thus increasing wheat prices in areas like the Middle East. Desperation for food, coupled with human rights issues and a lack of economic progress, fueled the “Arab Spring” uprising across the region.

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