Oxfam's response to the WMO’s statement that 2011 was the warmest La Niña year on record

Published: 29 November 2011

In response to the World Meteorological Organization’s statement that 2011 was the warmest La Niña year on record, Kelly Dent, policy advisor for Oxfam said:

“2011 was a year marked by weather extremes that punished the poorest people in the world and helped send millions into hunger and poverty. From flooding in south-east Asia, which killed more than 1,100 people and helped send the price of rice in Vietnam up 30%, to record heat and droughts in the US that that crippled agricultural production, extreme weather and rising temperatures was a menace to vulnerable people around the world. This provides a stark reminder of what is at stake in the Durban negotiations.”

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UN Climate Change Summit 2011, Durban (South Africa)

Contact Information

Ben Grossman-Cohen: +27 81 5820706 (South-Africa) / bgrossman-cohen@oxfamamerica.org

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