The Shadow of Droughts' Deaths

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Science  27 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5517, pp. 644-645
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060130

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In this passionate discussion of interactions among climate, economics, and politics, Davis argues that the widespread catastrophic crop failures of the late 19th-century led not only to tens of millions of deaths but also to the deepened division of humanity into haves and have-nots.