The United Nations has warned in its recent report that extreme weather conditions are the key force behind a rise in global hunger levels. As climate change negatively impacts crop production and causes floods and droughts in the developing world, the number of hungry people facing chronic food deprivation is rising.
“This message today should frighten the world,” said David Beasley, head of the World Food Program.
Mr. Beasley, a Trump administration nominee, acknowledged that climate change as well as conflict were fueling the rise in malnutrition globally.
Analysis in the report found that climate variability, extreme drought and floods are already undermining production of wheat, rice and maize in tropical and temperate regions, and that the trend is expected to worsen as temperatures increase and become more extreme.