Oxfam International has come out with a new report detailing how climate change is disproportionately affecting the poor.
“Suffering the Science: Climate Change, People and Poverty” combines the experiences of people from nearly 100 countries to detail how more extreme weather, prolonged droughts, sea level rise, and other manifestations of climate change are falling hard on the world’s poor.
Shifting seasons are influencing crop yields, causing failed harvests and hunger, according to the report. And malaria, dengue fever and other diseases are creeping into areas where people lack immunity or adequate health care.
“The Oxfam report reveals the human tragedy that is unfolding along the world’s coasts and in places that are warming, losing their water supplies and becoming more vulnerable to increasing risks of extreme events,” said researcher Diana Liverman of the University of Arizona, who contributed to the report.