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Climate Change Played a Major Role in Top 10 Under-reported Humanitarian Crises of 2018

Posted by Charles Clerck (Admin) Feb 25, 2019

Climate change plays an increasing and often exacerbating role in humanitarian crises that have been neglected by the global public, such as in Madagascar, Ethiopia and Haiti according to a recently launched report by CARE the international aid organization. The report highlighted the ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2018. 

In most of the humanitarian crises covered by the report, such as Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines, which was ranked 5th on the list, the effect of El Nino in Madagascar (ranked 3), consecutive droughts in Ethiopia (ranked 2), and various natural disasters in Haiti which was ranked number 1, it was climate change that played a major role. Deteriorating environments also caused vulnerabilities that made it harder for people to be resilient to humanitarian crises in regions such as the Lake Chad Basin and Sudan. This added to the growing body of scientific evidence that the global climate crisis undermined sustainable development and caused human suffering.

CARE called on the international media, policy makers and civil society to increase their efforts to speak about neglected humanitarian crises around the world and the ever-increasing role of climate change. Increased funding and resources invested in reporting will not only result in better coverage of neglected crises but can, most importantly, help to bring much-needed relief to those in need.

The full report can be read here

This post was edited on Feb 25, 2019 by Charles Clerck

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