Let Them Eat Cake?

The decisions world leaders make in Paris today will affect food availability over the next century

December 03, 2015

Illustrated by: The Met Office/WFP

One of the many issues global leaders are hashing out in Paris right now is how to feed the world in the face of climate change. As extreme weather sets in, crop yields in some corners of the world, especially Africa, will suffer greatly. As U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote earlier this week, Never before has agriculture faced challenges of this magnitude.”  

Just how bad might things get by the 2050s or 2080s? Mess around with this interactive map, created by the U.K.s national weather service and the World Food Programme, to get an idea of what levels of carbon reductions and adaptation activities will bring in regard to food insecurity. According to the World Health Organization, more than 795 million people worldwide are currently food insecure, which means that food is either unavailable, inaccessible, or not nutritious. As the map shows, the less we do to curb climate change, the more hungry, empty bellies there will be. 

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