Why climate change and hunger should be headline news

By Ben Grossman-Cohen

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry shines a spotlight on Oxfam research linking a warming climate to a hungry planet. 

Oxfam’s recent report, Hot and hungry: How to stop climate change derailing the fight against hunger, contains a stunning fact that highlights the threat climate change poses to our food system: 50 million people will be at risk of hunger by 2050 due to climate change. This kind of statistic should be headline news.

Thankfully, Melissa Harris-Perry agreed. That’s why this Saturday, Harris-Perry invited Oxfam America’s president, Raymond C. Offenheiser, on her show to talk about how a warming climate is causing more extreme weather events and leaving farmers struggling to cope. "[This report] makes the link between climate change and food unequivocal," said Offenheiser. "The real issue for us now is that failure to act in the near-term could actually set back the fight against hunger even more." Watch the segment, split into two parts, above and below.

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