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

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