One of the common tactics I see employed by people to attempting the justify their continued addiction to fossil fuels is the myth that the effects of climate change are far off and will either be minimal or borne by a future generation better equipped to cope. The civil strife in Syria and other parts of that region is a terrific narrative to frame CURRENT effects of climate change. It's undeniable that ISIL was borne of the civil war in Syria. Equally undeniable is the role that drought and famine coupled with the poor response by the Assad regime played in triggering the revolt. This drought was at the very least exacerbated by our fossil fuel addiction. There's a reason the DOD calls climate change a threat to national security. The key takeaway here is the fact that the most devastating effects our generation is likely to see won't be warmer temperatures or rising sea levels... it's the effect of changing weather patterns causing famine, drought and water scarcity (100s of Millions depend on glacial melt from glaciers that will be gone by 2100). The middle east has obviously always had problems but we're throwing fuel on that fire.