"Madagascar Faces One Of The World's First Climate Change Famines"

"As the African island nation experiences a food-security crisis driven by global warming, researchers say it is an alarm bell for the world

The cracked red earth and sunken eyes of gaunt children, their bellies swollen from acute malnutrition, bear witness to the devastation being wrought by Madagascar's worst drought in four decades.

As the south of the island is pushed to the brink of famine, climate change researchers say such harrowing images should serve as an alarm bell over the need for drastic action to cut planet-heating emissions and climate-proof global food systems.

According to the United Nations, more than 1.14 million people in the south of the Indian Ocean country are food-insecure due to the drought, which some experts have blamed on global warming."

Kim Harrisberg reports for Thomson Reuters Foundation September 7, 2021.

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 09/08/2021