Extreme weather conditions, famine and air pollution are all factors in the rising climate change death toll. The Episcopal Conference in Peru, produced a joint statement, saying “climate change creates poverty and increases injustice and we call for this situation to be reversed with all the urgency the circumstances demand”. Global warming has a direct impact on increasingly extreme weather patterns, as well as the access of the world’s poorest to food. Desertification and crop failures tend to reduce resources in areas where food is already in scarce supply. The NGO Action Contre la Faim highlighted the increasing risk of famine, telling the Lima Climate Conference that a child dies every 30 seconds from malnutrition. In this report published on 6 December, the NGO highlighted the need to integrate “the right to health and adequate nutrition” into the climate change debate.
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