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Reducing people’s vulnerability is key to combating hunger caused by global warming

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5436
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The impact of global warming could substantially increase world hunger and overwhelm the international humanitarian aid system unless there is coordinated action to boost the resilience of affected communities, says the United Nations World Food Programme.

    In its new report the agency warns that “Climate change and more frequent natural disasters will substantially increase the risk of hunger and malnutrition, especially in the poorest parts of the world. The scale is unprecedented. The increased risk due to climate change is projected to affect millions of people.”

    The report predicts that by 2050 “the number of people at risk of hunger as a result of climate change is expected to …

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