07 Dec '11, 10am

Food security has jumped up the agenda at #Durban climate conference #COP17

Food security has jumped up the agenda at #Durban climate conference #COP17

The low-key nature of Durban’s COP17 climate talks has produced an unexpected silver lining. With a Kyoto II agreement seemingly in the deep freeze, a key issue has been allowed to fill the void: food security . New studies from Oxfam, the FAO and the IPCC have painted a stark picture of how climate change is already wreaking havoc on the global food supply, and how much worse this could get. Endemic food shortages and famine are among the most shocking eventualities yet to be thrown up by climate change. And shocked we should be, such would be the consequences of failing to act. 2010 saw drought in Russia, China and Brazil and flooding in Pakistan and Australia, severely straining the food supply and sending world grain prices through the roof. While this year’s drought in the Horn of Africa has created a humanitarian disaster in an already food insecure region. These eve...

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