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Whether you believe humans are contributing to it or not, climate change is happening, temperatures are rising and ice caps are melting.

At this point, even if we limit global temperature rise to 2oC, studies suggest sea levels will still rise by several feet.

Our civilization is in many ways a coastal one, so when the seas rise, and stay risen, that'll do a real number on world populations and economies.

Read more: Five famous cities doomed by climate change

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Wars are complex. They come out of nowhere and all of a sudden, people you've never heard of are killing each other on the evening news. Here's what you need to know about the war in Syria — and it's not oil or religion. It's something that we're all creating together.

Read more: Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.

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Fourteen of the 33 likely most water stressed countries in 2040 are in the Middle East. (Dubai, UAE) Photo by Jason Mrachina/Flickr.

The world’s demand for water is likely to surge in the next few decades. Rapidly growing populations will drive increased consumption by people, farms and companies. More people will move to cities, further straining supplies. An emerging middle class could clamor for more water-intensive food production and electricity generation.

Read more: Ranking the World’s Most Water-Stressed Countries in 2040

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