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  •  You should repost this diary again and again (20+ / 0-)

    A lot of the time people get sucked into obsessive focus on the political punch and judy show of the day.

    This is massive.  Also, it may become more prevalent if global warming conditions worsens the potential for drought or other catastrophes that may affect billions of people.

    I hope those who upgrade the status of diaries notice.  I hope more people seeing the headline don't ignore it.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 01:18:47 PM PDT

    •  thanks, Stuart. Im hoping we can pull together (12+ / 0-)

      a team to cover this ongoing. Horrible and shocking how out of touch we are  here in the US about true disasters of such magnitude!~

      thanks for reading.

      Hopes to be Reporting LIVE from Durban @COP17 ...

      by boatsie on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 01:26:40 PM PDT

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      •  This drought is bad because the region is (5+ / 0-)

        so poor and underdeveloped.  Unfortunately they have no means to produce goods that would allow them to import enough food.  The dispiriting thing is that we are seeing numerous droughts all over the planet, including parts of Australia, China, the US, etc.  The Horn of Africa is the canary in the coalmine, except no one is paying attention and no one will pay attention until we see disruptions in food supplies in wealthier countries.

        "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

        by Steven D on Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 03:14:14 PM PDT

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    •  Or hopefully it is rescued (8+ / 0-)

      Not much to add to this awful news. I just wanted to get the comment # up by 1.

    •  "may" become more prevalent? (9+ / 0-)

      It will....

      On May 16, 2009 a collaboration between the British medical journal The Lancet and University College London released the first UCL Lancet Commission report, assessing the impact of global warming on global health, and on populations.

      Titled Managing the health effects of climate change (.PDF), the year long study highlights the threat of climate change on patterns of disease, water and food insecurity, human settlements, extreme climatic events, and population migration. The report also highlights the action required by global society to mitigate the health impacts of climate change.

      "Climate change," the report concludes, "is the biggest global health threat of the 21 century."

      The report presents the two distorted maps shown below  - density equalizing cartograms depicting a comparison of undepleted CO2 emissions by country for 1950-2000 versus the regional distribution of four climate sensitive health consequences (malaria, malnutrition, diarrhea, and inland flood-related fatalities).

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      The first image shows the world in terms of carbon emissions. America, for instance, is huge. So is China. And Europe. Africa is hardly visible.

      The second map shows the world in terms of increased mortality -- that is to say, deaths -- from climate change. Suddenly, America virtually disappears. So does Europe. Africa, however, is grotesquely distended. South Asia inflates.

      In Barack Obama's commencement address Sunday May 17, 2009 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Obama exhorted the graduates to recognize that "that our fates are tied up, as Dr. King said, in a 'single garment of destiny.'" and "Your generation must decide how to save God's creation from a changing climate that threatens to destroy it."

      But the peoples of the world are not bound equally.

      "Loss of healthy life years as a result of global environmental change (including climate change) is predicted to be 500 times greater in poor African populations than in European populations," states the UCL Lancet Commission report bluntly.

      In other words, for every million deaths related to climate change in Europe - and North America btw - there will be five hundred million deaths in Africa, and probably other countries.

      Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

      by Edger on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 01:48:20 PM PDT

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      •  i recall seeing something similar to this (5+ / 0-)
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        Edger, triv33, Woody, Cliss, 4Freedom

        when proof reading my daughter's thesis on food security & Climate change: East Africa. The projections when shown via graphics are absolutely beyond the ability to fathom. Rather, you see it and you can visualize but you cannot believe. It is similar to seeing a map of 2050 ... where Bangladesh no longer exists.

        What's it gonna take?

        I fear we have passed the tipping point.

        Hopes to be Reporting LIVE from Durban @COP17 ...

        by boatsie on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 02:13:49 PM PDT

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    •  I would love to recommend this (7+ / 0-)

      but the bullet option doesn't appear below your comment, It seems to appear here and there in this diary . With you and some others all I get is  the "reply" comment button. But, I agree that this diary should be repeated over and over and over. Consider this a rec, a strong one

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