A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
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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