By Lucky Gold, CNN
Imagine a world where climate change – and a dwindling water supply – may have helped fuel Syria's civil war.
Five years before Syria was awash in sectarian bloodshed, it was in the midst of a devastating drought – one of the worst in modern times.
The numbers are staggering.
According to the center for climate and security, from 2006 to 2011, the unprecedented drought scorched 60 percent of Syria’s land – killing 80% of the livestock in some regions, putting three quarters of the farmers there out of work, and ultimately displacing 1.5 million people.
And that was before the bloody conflict that has so far scattered four million more inside the country and sent two million refugees streaming across Syria’s borders.