Climate Change Famine – Madagascar
Climate change is battering the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar. This is the fourth year that drought has devastated southern Madagascar. Now more than one million people, or two out of five residents, of the region require emergency food aid in what the United Nations is calling a “climate change famine.”
Temperatures in southern Africa are rising at double the global rate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says. Cyclones, already more frequent in Madagascar than any other African country, are likely getting stronger as the earth warms.
Climate Change Pervasive
Climate change could already be affecting 85 percent of the world’s population, an analysis of tens of thousands of scientific studies found.
The analysis, released on Monday, was carried out by a team of researchers that used machine learning to comb through vast troves of research published between 1951 and 2018 and found some 100,000 papers that potentially documented evidence of climate change’s effects on the Earth’s systems.
The study found 80 percent of the globe – home to 85 percent of the world’s population, had generated impact studies that matched predictions for temperature and precipitation changes due to global warming.
“The burning of fossil fuels is killing us. Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity,” the WHO said on Monday.