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Climate change is driving record temperatures almost every day!

Climate change is driving virtually every day

Climate change is driving temperatures higher with record temperatures being set virtually every day.

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For 800,000 years or more, the temperature of the Earth had been tied to the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. For a thousand years, the temperature has fluctuated in sync with the concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2). From 1000 CE until the mid-1900s CO2 concentrations were about 290 ppm on average. Since the industrial revolution, man has pushed the carbon dioxide concentration to more than 417 ppm and climbing. The temperature is climbing as well. We have already locked in a certain amount of climate change, we must act to make sure it is not more.

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Carbon dioxide concentrations are now 417.16 ppm, almost 79% higher than the average for the last thousand years!  Temperatures now are screaming up as well, following the CO2 concentrations.

Carbon dioxide that we emit today will stay at least 100 years in the atmosphere. We already have locked in a lot of warming, and related climate changes. We have to control greenhouse gas emissions so the world remains habitable for our children and grandchildren.

“Remains habitable for our children and grandchildren,” is an often-used phrase, but one we must take to heart and take steps to adapt to our already altered world!

Record-breaking heat continued to affect parts of western Europe during the past week, with UK temperatures exceeding 40C (104F) for the first time since records began.

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Wildfires have been raging across parts of Europe and northern Africa, with 37,000 people evacuated from their homes in France as a result of the biggest fires in 30 years. Strong winds in northern Morocco have exacerbated wildfires, with firefighters still battling the flames.

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Meanwhile, people in China have been struggling to cope with torrential downpours and hot conditions with more than 900 million people feeling the effects of heat above 40C.

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Extreme heat prompt has resulted in alerts in 28 states, including Texas and Oklahoma, both of which hit 115.

200 million people in America have experienced temperatures in the 90s or higher in the last three days. Temperature records have been obliterated in the Great Plains, where thermometers recorded 115 degrees for the first time in recorded history.

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It is time that we take to the streets, to the media and social media, to our elected officials and demand that our politicians finally take action. We can not just keep watching as the old corporations, conservative billionaires, their lobbyists and their followers corrupt our government and impede action on climate change.

It is our world, the only one we will ever know. We must act now to protect it!

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Over 3 million people in East Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia) are facing starvation

Starvation Looming in Africa and the World’s Attention is Elsewhere!

People wait for water with containers at a camp, one of the 500 camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in town, in Baidoa, Somalia, on February 13, 2022. Insufficient rainfall since late 2020 has come as a fatal blow to populations already suffering from a locust invasion between 2019 and 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic. For several weeks, humanitarian organizations have multiplied alerts on the situation in the Horn of Africa, which raises fears of a tragedy similar to that of 2011, the last famine that killed 260,000 people in Somalia. – Desperate, hungry and thirsty, more and more people are flocking to Baidoa from rural areas of southern Somalia, one of the regions hardest hit by the drought that is engulfing the Horn of Africa. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP) (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)

Over 3 million people in East Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia) are facing starvation but the world isn’t watching and they can’t even get in the newspaper.

Climate change is a major cause of this crisis. After four consecutive failed rains, hunger in the region is worsening week by week. People have already started dying from starvation and the window to prevent mass deaths is rapidly closing.

A joint report from Oxfam and Save the Children in May found that one person is dying of hunger every 48 seconds in drought-ravaged Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. The war in Ukraine has made food “unattainable for millions” of people in East Africa due to the increase in cost and scarcity of food.

The U.N. calls for donations to avert this catastrophe have fallen way short as donor countries grapple with their own increases in hunger and aid to the refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine hold donors’ interest and get their limited foreign aid funds.

People wait for food distributions and health services at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Baidoa, Somalia, on February 14, 2022. Insufficient rainfall since late 2020 has come as a fatal blow to populations already suffering from a locust invasion between 2019 and 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic. For several weeks, humanitarian organizations have multiplied alerts on the situation in the Horn of Africa, which raises fears of a tragedy similar to that of 2011, the last famine that killed 260,000 people in Somalia. – Desperate, hungry and thirsty, more and more people are flocking to Baidoa from rural areas of southern Somalia, one of the regions hardest hit by the drought that is engulfing the Horn of Africa. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP) (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)

FAO and World Food Programme warn of looming widespread food crisis as hunger threatens stability in dozens of countries.

Climate change, conflict, weather extremes, economic shocks, the lingering impacts of COVID-19, and the ripple effects from the war in Ukraine push hundreds of millions of people in countries across the world into poverty and hunger – as food and fuel price spikes drive nations closer to instability.

We’re facing a perfect storm that is not just going to hurt the poorest of the poor – it’s also going to overwhelm hundreds of millions of families who until now have just about kept their heads above water.

Conditions now are much worse than during the Arab Spring in 2011 and 2007-2008 food price crisis, when 48 countries were rocked by political unrest, riots and protests. We’ve already seen what’s happening in Indonesia, Pakistan, Peru, and Sri Lanka – that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have solutions. But we need to act, and act fast.

First, we must act to save those who are facing starvation. These disasters can still be averted, but people are already dying, children are already experiencing stunting which will have life-long effects. Once the immediate starvation is addressed the world must immediately focus on hunger in the world as many, many countries are experiencing instability due to high food costs and shortages and that is everyone’s problem to solve.

Starving people clamoring for food
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Millions will die unless they get immediate help. Support the international humanitarian organizations that are desperately trying to help: @Oxfam, @RESCUEorg, @WFP, @SavetheChildren, @UNICEF

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The World is Hungry!!!

Eight weeks into Russia’s invasion, the war is having major repercussions around the world, especially on food security. The UN World Food Programme recently warned that the war was creating a food crisis “beyond anything we’ve seen since World War II.”

Ukraine and Russia are major producers of wheat, barley and corn. They account for a combined share of 27, 23 and 15 percent of global exports between 2016 and 2020. The World Food Programme gets 50% of its grain supplies from the Ukraine-Russia area. World wheat prices soared by 19.7% in March! Corn prices posted a 19.1% month-on-month increase. They hit a record high price, as did barley, sorghum and vegetable oils. Prices are only going to get worse as the war drags on. The human suffering is going to be immense.


People in line for daily delivery of food. Hungry
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This is a catastrophe on top of a catastrophe! War – climate change and the pandemic. Right now Climate change is impacting countries all over the world. There are : 1) floods in Australia; 2) tornados in the U.S. Southeast; 3) a tropical cyclone in Mozambique; 4) floods in South Africa; and 5) droughts in Africa (from Gambia to Angola and Eritrea to Somalia), India, Pakistan, Southern Europe, the center of South America, the Southwestern U.S., the Canadian arctic and Northeastern Australia. The predictions are it is only going to get worse. Climate change is also a driver of many of the conflicts and wars around the world. Together climate change and civil conflicts make hunger so much worse.


High temperatures in March 2022
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During the Roll/Stroll, I repeatedly warned that 100 million people could slide into severe poverty due to the Pandemic and climate change. Because of the war in Ukraine and the reductions in food, fertilizer and fuel, now 250 million people are predicted to slip into severe poverty. Internationally, hunger has many names. Severe poverty is living on less than US$2.00 per day.

“Without immediate radical action, we could be witnessing the most profound collapse of humanity into extreme poverty and suffering in memory,” said Oxfam International executive director Gabriela Bucher. “This terrifying prospect is made more sickening by the fact that trillions of dollars have been captured by a tiny group of powerful men who have no interest in interrupting this trajectory.”


Simple meal of grain. 2 people eating from the same dish. Hunger is on the rise. Hunger emergency
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In many parts of Asia, the Americas and in Africa, many people before the war in Ukraine already were spending 50-60% of their income on food. In the US, the poorest 20 percent of families are spending 27 percent of their incomes on food. The richest 20 percent spend only 7 percent of their incomes on food.

People are finding it harder to find enough food

With prices going up due to shortages and inflation, and more disruptions in the global food distribution system, people are finding it harder to find enough food. It is estimated that more than 44 million people in 38 countries are teetering on the edge of famine. Famines result in malnutrition, starvation, disease, and high death rates. 250 million facing severe poverty, while 800+ million people face hunger (food deprivation, or undernourishment fewer than 1,800 calories/day).  One-in-four people globally – 1.9 billion – are moderately or severely food insecure. Even more people are suffering from simple food insecurity where they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. There are people in your town or city who right now need food!

Starving people clamoring for food
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With food prices due to the pandemic, the war, shortages of basic foods (wheat, corn, cooking oil) price going up – this is only getting worse. We have to find our humanity and raise an appropriate response despite the fact that the people worse affected are black, brown, red and yellow. There are plenty of white people who don’t have enough to eat too. Compassion is the key. We are all people, and have to act to help!

Interlocking hands - together we can
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The First Government Falls Because of Food And Fuel Shortages And Climate Change

First country falls


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Like Lemmings, Humanity is Ignoring the Perils of Climate Change and Hunger, and Is Headed Off a Cliff

The latest Climate Report from the IPCC, confirms that climate change is and will increasingly cause food supply shocks.  Harvests are predicted to fail simultaneously in multiple major food-producing countries. Such shocks will lead to shortages and price spikes. Climate change is a “threat multiplier,” making hunger emergencies worse. In some cases, it will be the primary cause. Food productivity is already down 21%.

Climate change does not act in isolation, it compounds food shortages from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, and makes risks increasingly complex and difficult to manage. Climate change is affecting agricultural productivity in many different ways. Climate change causes increases in mean and extreme temperatures, alters rain and snow amounts, changes the intensity and timing monsoons and storms .

Elevated CO2 concentrations cause uneven increases in temperatures worldwide. Fluctuating wind and jet stream patterns can bring arctic air south and tropical moist air into the arctic.

It is predicted that the world’s population will hit 10 billion people in 2050. It is also predicted that by 2050, we will have hotter temperatures, increased flooding, disruptions in rainy seasons, sea level rise, reduced access to freshwater, all of which will make feeding them more challenging.

The IPCC report demonstrates that if we surpass 1.5°C of warming in the next two decades, even temporarily will result in irreversible impacts to crop, animal and seafood production. Every inhabited region of the world will experience the effects of climate change on food.

Over 40 percent of the global population, already lives in places that are going to be devastated by climate impacts. Despite contributing the least to the problem, they face with the worst impacts and have little or no adaptation funding.

Insufficient rainfall since late 2020 has come as a fatal blow to populations already suffering from a locust invasion between 2019 and 2021, the Covid-19 pandemic. A drought is engulfing the Horn of Africa. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP) (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)

We laugh at the thought of lemmings running off cliffs into the sea. But humanity has all of the knowledge we need to know that we need to act immediately to build resiliency into our food production and distribution. And rather than taking action, the majority of people are continuing like zombies toward the cliff. We need to mobilize the resources necessary to prepare to the crisis we know is just around the corner.

We have to anticipate crop failures and encourage more production on moderate and low yield areas, so if, using an example from this year, floods reduce the wheat harvest in China at the same time that Russia and Ukraine go to war and potentially reduce global wheat supplies by 30%, there are alternate sources of food. We can do it. We need to stop being polite and demand action. Millions of people are at peril if these preparations are not made.

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Extraordinary Heat Waves Hit Both Poles!

Antarctic areas reach 40 degrees Celsius or 72 degrees Fahrenheit above normal at same time as north pole regions hit 30 degrees Celsius or 54 degrees Fahrenheit above usual levels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At this time of year, the Antarctic should be rapidly cooling after its summer, and the Arctic only slowly emerging from its winter, as days lengthen. For both poles to show such heating at once is unprecedented.

The danger is twofold: heatwaves at the poles are a strong signal of the damage humanity is wreaking on the climate; and the melting could also trigger further cascading changes that will accelerate climate breakdown.Arctic sea ice is melting at fastest rate ever. Climate change

As polar sea ice melts, particularly in the Arctic, it reveals dark sea that absorbs more heat than reflective ice, warming the planet further. Much of the Antarctic ice covers land, and its melting raises sea levels.

Scientists warned that the events unfolding were “historic”, “unprecedented” and “dramatic”. When are politicians going to hear their calls???

The iceberg, called A-76, measures about 105 miles in length and is over 15 miles wide. It broke from the western side of Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, the European Space Agency said. The iceberg is slightly larger than the Spanish island of Majorca and four times the size of New York City

Watch a massive calving in Antactica.

The iceberg, called A-76, measures about 105 miles in length and is over 15 miles wide. It broke from the western side of Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea, the European Space Agency said. The iceberg is slightly larger than the Spanish island of Majorca and four times the size of New York City

1977, at McGill University in Montreal, I learned about the appearance of “global warming” which was being revealed as the world reduced sulfur dioxide emissions that were causing the acidification of lakes around the world. Since then, the reports have grown more and more dire.

At first scientists were subdued pointing out the problem politely, thinking that people would react to the science as they had with the ozone depleting substances and sulfur dioxide. They had not expected the backlash, false narrative and politicization of the issue that Big Oil unleashed.

Now they are shouting their warnings and still not enough people are alarmed. What can we do to magnify the voices for action to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases?

IPCC paths to different futures with disaster of climate change spelled out

The IPCC has plotted the disaster that is going to occur if we don’t durtail us of greenhouse gases. It also plots a path to a sustainable future. We have to follow that path!

Would love to hear ideas. Perhaps with a little help from you, we can make the changes happen!


Adapt, move, or die! 4th Mass Coral Bleaching In 6 Years!

To our horror, another mass coral bleaching event is striking the Great Barrier Reef, with water temperatures reaching up to 3℃ higher than average in some places. This would be the sixth such event since the late 1990s, and the fourth since 2016.

A monitoring mission from the United Nations arrives in Queensland today to inspect the reef and consider listing the World Heritage site as “in danger”.


What's Killing Coral Reefs? And How Can We Stop It? - Greenpeace USA Great Barrier Reef is nearing its tipping point, beyond which the reef will lose its function as a viable ecosystem. This is not only due to climate change exacerbating marine heatwaves, but also higher ocean acidity, loss of oxygen, pollution, and more.

The reef is suffering environmental conditions so extreme, we’re struggling to simulate these scenarios in our laboratories. Even though Australia has world-class facilities, we are proverbially beating our heads against the wall each year as conditions worsen.

Coral Bleaching is happening everywhere!


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What is coral bleaching and why does it happen?

Corals are animals that live in a mutually beneficial partnership with tiny single-celled algae called “zooxanthellae” (but scientists call them zooks).

Zooks benefit corals by giving them energy and color, and in return the coral gives them a home in the coral tissue. Under stress, such as in too-hot water, the algae produce toxins instead of nutrition, and the coral ejects them.
Without the algae, the corals begin to starve. They lose their vibrant colors, revealing the bright white limestone skeleton through the coral tissue.

If stress conditions abate, the algae can return and coral can recover over months. But if stress persists, the corals can die – the skeletons begin to crumble, removing vital habitat for other species.

coral before and after bleaching climate crisis

How will this hurt marine life?

A healthy Great Barrier Reef is home to at least 1,625 species of fishes, 3,000 species of molluscs, 630 species of echinoderms (such as sea stars and urchins), and the list goes on.

Marine life in coral reefs have three options in warming waters: adapt, move, or die.

They can adapt

Over generations, species can make changes at the molecular level – their DNA – so they’re more suited to or can adapt to new environmental conditions. This evolution may be possible for species with fast generation times, such as damselfishes.

But reef species with slower generation times can’t keep pace with the rate we’re changing their habitat conditions. This includes the iconic potato cod and most sharks, which take a around a decade or longer to reach sexual maturity.

Coral bleached white climate change mass die off of coral

They can move

Some species of reef fishes may start moving to cooler waters before the harmful effects of warming take hold.
But this option isn’t available to all species, such as those that depend on a particular habitat, certain resources, or protection. This includes coral, as well as coral-dwelling gobies and several damselfishes.

A citizen science project called Project RedMap, has been documenting the poleward migration of reef fish species due to climate change. Studies have found that larger, tropical fishes with a high swimming ability are more likely to survive in temperate waters, such as some butterflyfishes.

Or they can die!

The third option is one we don’t like to talk about, but is becoming more of a threat.
If marine life can’t adapt or move , we’ll see extinctions at a local scale, total extinction of some species, and dramatic declines in fish populations.

We’ve known for a long time the most important step to save the reef: cutting emissions to stop global warming. Indeed, future projections of coral bleaching from the 1990s suggested that frequent and severe events would begin from the late-2010s – and they’ve been alarmingly prescient.

The Great Barrier Reef’s continuing demise is one of the most visible examples of how our inaction as humans has profound and perhaps irreversible consequences. We are rapidly accelerating toward the tipping point. The end of the reef!

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War in Ukraine and Climate Change Demands Food Production Resiliency or There Will Be Hunger!

Among the horrifying humanitarian consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine troubling short-, medium- and long-term disruptions to the global food supply. Ukraine and Russia contribute nearly one-third of all wheat exports.

Barn destroyed in Ukraine

Already, wheat prices have soared to record highs. The fate of the approximately 6 million hectares of wheat planted in Ukraine remains uncertain. This picture will probably only worsen with rising input costs, as supply-chain disruptions, not least of fertilizer and fuel.

Floods impact wheat crops in China.

There could not have been a worse time for heavy rains to have dented China’s winter wheat crop. The last time wheat prices increased sharply, in 2008, it precipitated food riots from Burkina Faso to Bangladesh.

The war highlights the folly of having 2.5 billion people depend so heavily on three main regions of wheat production and export in a changing climate.

The world needs to spread its bets. How? By expanding wheat production in high-productivity areas (North America and Europe) and in regions with suitable conditions (Sudan and Nigeria), and by increasing productivity in places where it is low (such as Ethiopia and Turkey).

Second, real-time monitoring and feedback systems need to be used and scaled to safeguard production and protect the most vulnerable crops. Advances in satellite and remote-sensing imagery make it possible to chart progress in real time.

Third, developments in agricultural science and policy need to target support to women. A decade ago, the FAO estimated that if women had access to resources (land, technology, credit, education and so on) as men did, they could increase yields by 20–30%!

The war in Ukraine, the pandemic and the impacts of climate change are all impacting food production, distribution and global hunger. There needs to be a coordinated response to address this emergency and then to build resiliency, so loss of one crop doesn’t cause massive hunger!




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War in Ukraine, Pandemic and Climate Change Combining to Create a Global Food Crisis

On 24 February, the Russia launched its attack against Ukraine. Unfortunately for the world, at the time of the attack, food prices worldwide were already at record highs, more than 24% higher than the same time last year due to the pandemic and climate change. Reports everywhere are predicting that the war will push food, fuel and fertilizer prices even higher with consequences that will be felt everywhere. 

Today, we will provide an overview of what the war between Russia and Ukraine means to global food and hunger. Over the next several blogs, we will unpack the various direct and indirect consequences of the war, including: 1) rising global prices food basic foods, fertilizer and fuel, 2) who will be hurt most by the high food, fuel and fertilizer prices, 3) protectionist measures adopted by countries who depend on Russian and Ukrainian cereals and fertilizers, implemented to keep foods from being exported and their consequences, 4)  impacts of the continuing pandemic and climate change that will exacerbate the food crisis, and 5) how the food crisis will impact efforts to combat climate change.

Russia and Ukraine are One of the Biggest Breadbaskets in the World

When Russia invaded Ukraine, the reaction of the major commodities markets was immediate, with wheat prices rising by 50% and other major food commodities posting similar surges. FAO has reported that Russia is the world’s largest exporter of wheat and Ukraine is the fifth largest. Together Russia and Ukraine account for 53 % of the global trade in sunflower oil and seeds, 27 % of wheat, 19% of the world’s barley, and 4% of its corn. Together they provide more than one-third of all global cereal exports. 

In addition, Russia and Belarus provide 30% of the world’s potassium fertilizers. Western sanctions and Russia’s export restrictions could dramatically affect the quantities and price of these fertilizers. If fertilizers are not available either because their exports are reduced or because prices are too high for farmers in low- and middle-income countries to afford, that could lead to lower yields at a time when the world needs higher cereal crop yields in order to make up for the missing food from Ukraine and Russia people in these countries will suffer terribly.

Dr. Matin Qaim, Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director of the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn, told Euronews, “The poorest countries and the poorest people will be suffering the most.” Additionally, due to the higher costs of food and transport, the World Food Programme (WFP) has already announced that the WFP will be feeding fewer people, and cutting rations to people in many countries.

“Ukraine’s the breadbasket of the world and now we’re handing out bread inside Ukraine. I never thought that would happen. If this war rages on for another six months, this could be catastrophic all over the world with supply chain disruptions, increased food costs,” WFP chief David Beasley told the BBC earlier this week.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) just reported that international food and feed prices could rise by up to 20% as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, triggering a jump in global malnourishment. It is not clear whether Ukraine would be able to harvest crops if the war drags on, and Russia has already restricted food and fertilizer exports for the coming months. The most extreme estimates are that crop yields could drop by 50% if they do not receive sufficient fertilizer.

Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia and Bangladesh are the top importers of wheat from Russia and Ukraine. Almost 50 nations, including some of the world’s poorest countries, depend on those two sources for more than 30 percent of their wheat needs, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. 

The War is Already Causing Rising Food, Fuel and Fertilizer Prices

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has issued a rapid assessment of the war in Ukraine’s impact on trade and development that confirms a rapidly worsening outlook for the world economy, underpinned by rising food, fuel and fertilizer prices. The UNCTAD Report published on March 16, 2022, also shows heightened financial volatility, sustainable development divestment, complex global supply chain reconfigurations and mounting trade costs. “The war in Ukraine has a huge cost in human suffering and is sending shocks through the world economy,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Rebeca Grynspan said in a statement.

This rapidly evolving situation is alarming for developing countries, and especially for African and least developed countries, some of which are particularly exposed to the war in Ukraine and its effect on trade costs, commodity prices and financial markets. The risk of civil unrest, food shortages and inflation-induced recessions cannot be discounted, particularly given the fragile state of the global economy and the developing world as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic and the continued disruptions and displacements due to climate change.

Climate Change Natural Disasters Could Make the Situation Worse and the War Could Increase Climate Change

Climate change is predicted to make the situation worse if food production in the world’s other breadbaskets is disrupted this year by extreme weather events, according to Jonas Jägermeyr, a climate scientist and crop modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Sciences. “Climate change is increasing weather and yield variability and if severe weather events such as droughts, heatwaves, or floods will hit this season there will be compound effects, destabilizing the food system further,” Jägermeyr was quoted as saying in Scientific American. “China already indicated that their wheat outlooks are very poor and other world regions don’t look great either.”

Another unintended consequence of rising food prices according to Craig Hanson, vice president of food, forest, water and oceans at the World Resources Institute, is that higher prices could lead to more clear-cutting for food production — and that could lead to increased emissions by unlocking carbon stored in the soil. Higher energy prices could also lead to increased production of biofuels, which could cause even more deforestation.

The FAO estimates that the war could drive up wheat prices by another 8.5 percent, forcing people to eat less food at a time when hunger and malnutrition are rising due to impacts from the pandemic and repeated disruptions due to climate change. Rising temperatures are already affecting crop yields and quality, and acting as a drag on agricultural productivity, an intergovernmental panel of climate scientists wrote in an assessment released last month. While most of the world has observed negative effects, ranging from lost livelihoods to increased food insecurity, the impacts have been felt unequally.

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Pandemic – a harbinger of climate change’s impact on global hunger!

The pandemic lays bare the weaknesses in our food production and supply chains.

Unfortunately, the pandemic is only a harbinger of how climate change will impact food supplies and hunger around the world. Climate change and related natural disasters are disrupting food production. We need to act now.

But what do we do?

Floods, droughts, intense heat, warming and acidification of the oceans are all impacting wheat, corn and other staple crops. Meat, the availability of fish from the sea are both impacted. Diseases and pests affecting humans, animals and plants are proliferating as never before.

We need to recognize the risks that climate change poses to food for our children. The risks are even more dire, for our grandchildren and future generations. we must minimize the extent of climate change. Building resilience to create redundant food supplies, and change our ways of eating is critical.

We can still eat well and save the planet. It just takes more thought.

What natural disasters are are being caused or exacerbated by climate change? What are all of the greenhouse gases and what everyone of us can do to reduce these emissions? What humanitarian catastrophes are being caused by the direct and indirect impacts of climate change?

Climate events and efforts to stop them will be discussed in real time.

Occasionally, recipes and poetry will creep in so not always to be talking of impending doom.

Images and infographics will concretize the climate change and hunger topics discussed.

The cascading impacts of climate change on people around the globe are real as are the amazing people and actions in the fight contain this monster. Environmental justice is essential in combating this crisis.

Despite the current conflict in Ukraine, the only way to combat the crisis of climate change is to realize that together. The thermostat can and must be reset. The resilient food chain we need to overcome this immense disaster is possible.

Hope that you will join us as we take this journey.

As Desmond Tutu, one of the great opponents to South African apartheid said,

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”