Thursday, June 18, 2009

Climate Change May Starve Africa to Death

Let us all demand that Europe and America finally commit themselves to giving financial assistance to African countries, who are baring the brunt of richer country's carbon emissions. A pretty grim article today in IRIN, warns that climate change might literally wipe out many of Africa's staple food sources in the next 10 years.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international scientific body, has predicted that food production in Africa could halve by 2020 as global warming pushes temperatures up and droughts become more intense.
The article details the increasing likelihood that African farmers will find themselves unable to produce traditional food staples like maize. Unless significant action is taken by African governments to develop climate change resistant crop varieties, the continent could face its worst battle with food insecurity in recent memory. Western governments should save the lectures about the onslaught of global climate change and put the money where their mouths are.

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