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Drought experience and altruism

Natural disasters can trigger conflictive behaviour among affected individuals. Now, research based on survey experiments with Syrian and Iraqi refugees shows how people behave altruistically after experiencing drought, but only towards ingroup members.

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Nguyen, Q. Drought experience and altruism. Nat. Clim. Chang. 13, 765–766 (2023).

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