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Oxfam report: Climate change could prolong world hunger for decades

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world hungerA typhoon hits the Philippines, decimating the fishing industry. Drought in Brazil’s breadbasket region ruins the coffee harvest and market prices double. Changing rainfall patterns cause the loss of 80 percent of Guatemala’s corn harvest; the smaller harvest means fewer jobs, higher unemployment. California -- the largest producer of fruits, vegetables, and nuts in the U.S. -- is hit by the worst drought in 100 years, decreasing crop yields, increasing market prices, and putting pressure on farmers.

This is not the imagined paucity climate change may bring, rather, this is happening now, according to Oxfam.

The Oxford, England based global charity dedicated to fighting hunger and injustice released a new report Monday, “Hot and Hungry,” that predicts climate change will continue to exacerbate global hunger.

In addition to extreme weather patterns, smaller changes like slight increases in temperature and shifting rainfall patterns are already having a tremendous impact on agricultural yields according to the report. “Hot and Hungry” paints a bleak picture of the agricultural future if changes in human behavior don't come soon -- drastically reduced crop yields, skyrocketing food prices, unemployment in the agricultural sector due to declining harvests, hunger, famine, drought.

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