The combined magnitude, severity, and geographic scope of anticipated emergency food assistance needs during 2017 is unprecedented in recent decades. Given persistent conflict, severe drought, and economic instability, FEWS NET estimates that 70 million people, across 45 countries, will require emergency food assistance this year. Four countries – Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen – face a credible risk of Famine (IPC Phase 5). In order to save lives, continued efforts to resolve conflict and improve humanitarian access are essential. In addition, given the scale of anticipated need, donors and implementing partners should allocate available financial and human resources to those areas where the most severe food insecurity is likely.
Not much in the American news about this, but it is one of the world’s largest humanitarian disasters in history unfolding right now.
There’s very little interest in Western nations to stories like this. The dead and dying go ignored so easily.
I just ate my lunch and looking at the left-overs, I wonder about how we all take food for granted so easily. There are millions of people that don’t.
‘Biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II’ about to engulf 20 million people, UN says, as governments only donate 10 per cent of funds needed for essential aid’.
YAWN. Go back to sleep. The people dying of acute malnutrition aren’t Americans, so what does it matter? Or that this is the largest humanitarian crisis in history?
How climate change transformed the Earth in 2016 – Food and coffee failures, coral reef collapse and more.
Zimbabwe: Zim Response to Climate Change Will Determine Economic Direction – 75% maize crop failure, effects of climate change already severe.
Dipshit Scott Walker’s repetitive disrespect for environment, climate change reality – Ruining the future ever faster.
I’ve never really thought that the connections between soil, temperature, water, weather and seasonal variability were well appreciated by the general population. Most of us live highly insulated lives from the outside world. What food is produced is done by others, our role in this is simply a visit to the grocery store.
Time for some other important news:
Scientists: Trump climate policies will mean “game over”. Climate change may be escalating so fast it could be ‘game over’, scientists warn.
It is a vision of a future so apocalyptic that it is hard to even imagine.
But, if leading scientists writing in one of the most respected academic journals are right, planet Earth could be on course for global warming of more than seven degrees Celsius within a lifetime.
This is a very interesting video (submitted by Rich on FB) depicting global dimming and how it was first discovered and then brought to the forefront as one of the most devastating effects of climate change. A must see all the way through.
Global dimming is a double-edged sword – keeping the planet significantly cooler then it would be already (without pollution and suspended aerosols being constantly added) yet at the same time adding greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere.
Worth watching carefully. The future of food and what is unfolding now.
Listen to segment 28:57 – 31:12 if you don’t have time for much else.
This is what the video conveys from Professor Battisti with a few comments of my own:
- We are on track for 930 ppm CO₂ (business as usual).
- The ocean will be 3 times more acidic then it is today.
- Not mentioned in the video (but found elsewhere on this blog) is what this will mean for food from the oceans. 2 billion people depend upon the oceans for their survival. Acidic oceans will lose critical habitat like coral reefs (breeding grounds for fish). By 2050 all food fish are expected to be depleted from the oceans. 90% of the worlds reefs are expected to be dead.
After we stop emitting greenhouse gasses (by some miracle – which I absolutely do not believe will happen under any scenario):
There is a growing sense of panic now being expressed within the climate change community. This panic is the result of rather alarming levels of warming occurring during Winter and the corresponding increase in extreme weather events, ice melt (yes, even in winter) and what some call, “the lateness of the hour” for a human response to global warming. To put it very simply, non-linear acceleration of climate related events is happening decades sooner then expected.
200 Feet of Sea Level Rise
The bad news: If we burn all of the planet’s fossil fuels, we’ll melt all of the world’s land ice.
The good news: You’ll be long gone so … party on!
You can read the news release of the study here.
My main issue with this modeling study is that it is doubly conservative. First, it lowballs how fast rapid sea level rise can start, given the latest observational studies from Antarctica, as leading scientists have pointed out. Second — and equally important — it lowballs how fast temperatures might rise.
Readers of this blog are aware that Survival Acres supports climate change science. Specifically, I am in full agreement that the Earth’s climate is changing and that humans are a major contributor to the causes through greenhouse gas forcing, logging, fracking, industrial and agricultural activity.
The world has been experiencing rapid irreversible climate change at an unprecedented scale and speed in Earth’s history, unleashing huge storms, floods, droughts, sea level rise and gargantuan amounts of ice melt (to say nothing of permafrost loss and methane release). These measurements and effects have taken place all over the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic and all points between. No region on Earth has been unaffected.
NOTE: please excuse overlap (redundancy) in the first section below with the prior post
Myths of Food-Production and Famine
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Ancient poetry and mythology suggest, at least, that husbandry was once a sacred art; but it is pursued with irreverent haste and heedlessness by us, our object being to have large farms and large crops merely. We have no festival, nor procession, nor ceremony, not excepting our cattle-shows and so-called Thanksgivings, by which the farmer expresses a sense of the sacredness of his calling, or is reminded of its sacred origin (and purpose). It is the premium and the feast which tempt him. He sacrifices not to Ceres and the Terrestrial “Jove, but to the infernal Plutus rather. By avarice and selfishness, and a groveling habit, from which none of us is free, of regarding the soil as property, or the means of acquiring property chiefly, the landscape is deformed, husbandry is degraded with us, and the farmer leads the meanest of lives. He knows Nature but as a robber.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
The sheer inability to keep this present world afloat on the dwindling supply of cheap energy signifies a dramatic shift in lifestyles for the majority of mankind soon to come. Primarily for Americans and other developed nations, everything is going to get very, very expensive, so much so that they will be ‘forced’ to do without.
In time, many items will simply disappear and no longer be available. It is very likely that some items will literally disappear overnight too, because they will no longer be manufactured and distributed suddenly. Their sudden disappearance will trigger panic buying for replacements and remaining inventory, and this in turn, will contribute to the overall problem of supply and demand in an oil-depleted world.