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A woman and a child walk among the rubble in a village in Eastern Samar, after the typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Credit: Jire Carreon/Oxfam

As part of its food and climate justice campaign, Oxfam commissioned researchers to examine the impact of four extreme weather events on vulnerable people, exploring when and why threats emerge.

Young Syrian refugee girl, in Lebanon. Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

The sheer scale of the crisis in Syria demands specific and increased commitments from the international community to help alleviate the suffering.

One person in three in the world lives in poverty.

Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.

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A coconut plantation in Julita, Leyte destroyed by typhoon Haiyan

Climate change is no longer just coming. It’s here already. In the past five years, more than 650 million people have been affected and more than 112,000 lives lost as a result of weather-related disasters.

It is threatening to reverse development gains as it destroys livelihoods and infrastructure, devastates crops, leaves millions hungry, and undoes people's efforts to climb out of poverty. And the financial cost of this chaos has been immense - almost half a trillion dollars – three times the costs in the whole of the 1970s.

Sicilia Kafula (31), August 2014. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

As the head of Blog Action Day I think it can, and I am very passionate about how we can use the many digital tools at our disposal to share our stories, learn from others and take action to influence the big challenges of the day.

Since 2007, every year Blog Action Day has empowered tens of thousands of bloggers from hundreds of countries, to focus on one important global theme on October 16.