I did caveat it by stressing that vegetation cover needs to be maintained - a key problem in places like Syria is taking too much from the land. Only a minor credit admittedly, but Bashar Al-Asad put a lot of research and investment into improving the quality of Syrian agriculture.It would seem that quite a bit of considered opinion would disagree with you.
According to the World Economic Forum, the Middle East has been in almost continuous drought since 1998, and this is the worst dry spell in 900 years.
Causing intense heat and increased flooding, climate change is having a noticeable effect on the Middle East and some of its important historical sites.www.weforum.org
The WEF represent the world's largest corporations.
According to the Atlantic Council, the Middle East will be hit the hardest by climate change. Parts of the Middle East and North Africa will become "uninhabitable". As warming intensifies, state capacity will weaken and conflict will increase.
Global warming will do the Middle East no favors. Evidence abounds it will be the region that climate change will hit hardest. Summer temperatures across the region are expected to increase more than twice the global average. Prolonged heat waves,...www.atlanticcouncil.org
Again from the Atlantic Council, Syria is given as a prime example of the problems which climate change is causing. They say that drought drove the rural population into the major cities such as Damascus and Aleppo, and primed the populace for large scale political unrest. Between 2002 and 2010 the urban population increased by 50%. Climate driven economic stress also drove Assad's privatisation of state industry, increased economic inequality, and severed the governing power's connections with the rural population who had migrated to the cities (rural farmers had been prime beneficiaries of state largess).
The Atlantic Council are supported by a long list of major multi-national corporations along with major governments such as the UK.
The Atlantic Council is grateful for the generous support it receives from private foundations; US and foreign government agencies, companies, and individuals. These supporters enable the Council to continue its quality programming and timely...www.atlanticcouncil.org
According to The Economist, climate change is making problems worse in the Middle East with longer droughts and hotter heat waves. Crops are withering as the dry season becomes longer. The Economist sees the longer term as being "apocalyptic".
Expect longer droughts, hotter heatwaves and more frequent dust stormswww.economist.com
According to the World Bank, climate change's effects on the Middle East is already "dire". Areas suitable for agriculture are being reduced and some regions will become "unlivable". Higher temperatures will put "intense pressure" on agriculture and already scarce supplies of water. The risk of conflict is increasing.
Climate Change in the Middle East & North Africawww.worldbank.org
According to the good and great of the world, climate change's effects on the Middle East will be dire, it is already a major contributor to the war in Syria, and what we are seeing in Syria is just a foretaste of what is to come more widely in the Middle East and North Africa.
There are also other views that challenge the the above:
Desertification, water scarcity and food security are among the most important byproducts of rising temperatures due to increased CO2 emissions, but researchers
A small, but spectacular example of the greening effect in another part of the world is Ascension Island - barren rock 200 years ago - the uplands are rapidly turning to forest and lush vegetation as vegetation promotes rainfall in a virtuous cycle...