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):