UN Admits It Can’t Link Global Warming To The Spike In World Hunger, Then Does It Anyway

Energy
Michael Bastasch

11:51 am 09/22/2017

A United Nations report admits it’s “impossible” to link man-made global warming to a jump in world hunger statistics, but then goes ahead and does make that link anyway.

The new U.N. report estimated global warming helped increase the number of people around the world suffering from chronic hunger and undernourishment, which was mainly driven by violent conflicts in poor countries.

The U.N.’s mainline findings claim global warming compounded foot shortages and famine driven by economic slowdowns and violent conflict, while an accompanying Q&A document makes another stunning admission about global warming.

“Although it is impossible to establish a causal relation, the impact of climate change-related phenomena (such as the higher frequency of extreme events, be them floods or drought) cannot be ruled out as one of the causes for the reduced per capita availability of food in several countries,” the U.N. admitted.

Even so, the U.N. warned droughts and floods, “linked in part to El Niño phenomenon and climate-related shocks,” hurt food production, they can’t say for sure this is behind the increase in global hunger. The U.N. even admits global food production was high enough to feed everyone on the planet, despite weather shocks.

The U.N. still claimed global warming was a compounding factor behind the spike in hunger statistics.

“Conflict, especially when compounded by climate change, is therefore a key factor explaining the apparent reversal in the long-term declining trend in global hunger, thereby posing a major challenge to ending hunger and malnutrition by 2030,” the U.N. reported.

Many in the media pointed fingers at global warming.

The New York Times editorial board highlighted the study’s grim findings, reporting hunger was on the rise “because of scourges like global warming and civil conflicts that show little sign of abating.”

The newspaper claimed “rising civil strife and climate disruption in explaining the sudden downturn” in success for fighting global hunger. Undernourishment increased from 777 million to 815 million people from 2015 to 2016, the U.N. estimated.

“Compounding these problems globally are the disruptions of climate change — droughts and floods, as well as political crises and severe economic drops in nations reliant on commodity exports, the study found,” wrote The New York Time’s editorial board.

However, most malnourished people “live in countries affected by conflict,” the U.N. said.

“Over the past ten years, the number of violent conflicts around the world has increased significantly, in particular in countries already facing food insecurity, hitting rural communities the hardest and having a negative impact on food production and availability,” the U.N. notes.

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96 thoughts on “UN Admits It Can’t Link Global Warming To The Spike In World Hunger, Then Does It Anyway

  1. How does Al Gore live with himself knowing he has burnt villages in Africa to build palm plantations and is the cause of all this suffering? The problem is too many people and too many bad people including politicians.

    • “Unless we quickly and profoundly change the course of our civilization [get rid of fossil fuels], we face an immediate and grave danger of destroying the worldwide ecological system that sustains life as we know it … Every day, 37,000 children under the age of 5 die of starvation or preventable diseases made worse by failures of crops and politics”
      Al Gore, An Ecological Kristallnacht, New York Times, March 1989

      Fossil Fuel as % of total energy:
      1989: 78.72%
      2015: 81.50%

      Number of under five deaths from all causes:
      1989: 12,963,181 or “35,515 a day”
      2015: 5,944,556 deaths or “16,286 a day”

      Over 6 million more young kids are alive each year largely thanks to ignoring Gore’s advice – as between 1989-2015 the world population increased from 5.1bn to 7.3bn, the equivalent of adding a country the size of Germany to the world every year.

      • Well Done.
        I would like to ask the UN propaganda writers to list the ‘several’ countries that have a rise in hunger.
        Could they be Cameroon, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and all the Middle East countries where Clinton et al instituted Open Borders?

        The Money Scammer Climate change religious freaks should go to fly-over world one of these days.
        Miles and miles of corn and wheat across the entire horizon in every direction and major bumper crops.
        It takes a huge $1 million dollar machine and diesel fuel to create that.

        But, then again, the very same Money Scammer religious freaks want the world population to go down and what other way than a pandemic caused by Green Ideology starvation.

      • They don’t do their own grocery shopping, you know. It’s done for them and only at the most expensive stores. Think about that for a moment.

      • empire sentry, what you fail to point out is that most of that US now gets converted into bio-diesel. That is why people are starving, because of the unintended consequences of poorly thought out “green” policies.

        Odd the UN managed to over look that fact.

    • How about the 3rd world stop having more children then they can support.

      No doubt, that too is the fault of whites males.

  2. We can’t rule out witches having placed a curse, either, but no evidence means no evidence. CO2 is probably responsible for increases in food production worldwide, but the UN will blame climate change anyway.

    • For the last almost forty years we have lived in the same house and have kept cats. In the same period there have been no dragon attacks in the neighbourhood. It would seem that dragons are deadly afraid of cats. In the time the cats have been on duty no maidens have been devoured.

      Along the same lines, I am working on using my mental powers to boil water. I can already melt ice by concentrating on it so I’m confident of success.

    • I blame it on the Chicago Cubs. They won the World Series last fall. First time in 108 years, and everything has gone downhill with the climate since 1908.
      What? It’s my theory and I’m sticking to it. It’s as good as anyone else’s, isn’t it?

    • Does anyone actually CARE what the UN “says” at this point? So many of their “positions” are based on demonstrable garbage, I don’t think most people even see them as part of the “real world” any more. Surely their ineffectiveness (irrelevance!) in pursuit of their core mission is now self-evident.

  3. There are many, many people in the world who haven’t accepted the fact that the planet will always face an uncertain future with imperfect measurements, imperfect knowledge and politics. Science is never settled.

    • Oddly enough….even though the real numbers of population have gone up…..the percentage of hungry people has stayed the same…
      We have produced more food

      • Problem is that increase in production is being blocked from going to certain populations, intentionally. Far easier for force people to obey your commands and dictats when you control their access to food. Starvation and threat of starvation have always been potent weapons, look how well it is working for Assad and the other muslim scumbags in Syria and its immediate environs. Look at how effectively Sudan and Mali and Rwanda and Uganda and DRC etc have been using it against each other and their own populations. And never forget the UN’s rampant corruption concerning food and water in all these regions. Climate is not the problem, Sam Kinison aside. Shitebag so called human beings are the problem.

  4. There is a plague of poor thinking at the moment.

    Same as with the hurricanes. It seems to go something like this. We can’t prove that global warming has caused the latest hurricanes or made them worse so we’ll just assume it has.

    It is the same as Trenberth’s attempt to reverse the null hypothesis in science. Well, not really science but what passes for it in the alarmist world.

  5. Would it be to non pc to blame the rise in islamic fundamentalism as a major cause of civil unrest/war that leads to a lot of other things including famine in third world countries. Or could it be me driving my car and watching tv etc pumping more toxic co2 into the atmosphere? Mmmmm what do you think?

    • Yes, but I can just imagine the alarmist response. It would be that global warming has caused islamic fundamentalism.

      The only way to escape the faulty reasoning is to continually point out the faults. And look for a really big megaphone.

  6. When everything bad is blamed on the global warming/climate change meme, especially if it doesn’t make sense, then the masses ultimate fade from accepting this explanation for everything. I am already finding some people, not all, but the smarter ones who think for themselves, are starting to question why CAWG is responsible for everything that goes wrong not only the weather and climate but almost everything that anyone can think of.

    Some students who I hired this summer that told me they had to toe the line on climate change at their academic institution or risk being expelled, started a discussion about the weather that summer and asking questions at our first coffee break why is it only CO2 that gets the blame for everything? Why doesn’t the thermal heat coming out of every tail pipe count for anything, they asked? And then I added, then why not the water vapor as well that also comes out the tail pipe? Water vapor has by far the largest anthropogenic effect in the atmosphere, and the fossil fuel emission has a lot of water vapor that wouldn’t be there is the fossil fuel wasn’t dug up and burned. And we are driving non stop 24/7 using FF in a lot of stuff, so it is definitely additional WV. We concluded after 30 minutes that if we were to include all other sources such as mentioned, and perhaps even land use change and the urban island city heat effect, then even if humans were adding 1 degree C over 150 years, then obviously CO2 couldn’t be responsible for all of it. But of course, this is only what we hear from the prophets of CAGW doom.

    Over the course of the summer, we had a lot more interesting discussion on these matters of CAGW, I think because coffee break always went longer than 20 minutes. But we agreed on the first day of work that there is lot more to all this than just CO2, although for the first few minutes they were very reluctant to make any statement against CAGW. I am glad to say at the end of the summer, these students were much more open minded about analyzing every detail of this, and not just accepting everything at blind faith. Having said that, they did advise me the they couldn’t discuss these types of thing at their university, without risk of being denigrated into some type of deni@r and ostracized from their other studies.

      • I don’t think so…you haven’t been around here for 6 months if what you say is true. Google Earthling WUWT and you will see my many comments here for many months. Mods…any way to straighten this out, or is this some type of drive by attack on me or WUWT?

      • Well, now I feel like I am in a Star Trek episode of duplicate oscillating worlds. I have had my Earthling handle on many things for many years, albeit none of them in climate blogs. And I do see the Glowbull Warming hyperlink to a WordPress web site by the same name in the other Earthling, (The worlds least viewed climate blog) presumably authenticating his claim to be the original Earthling here on WUWT, and might explain how I was able to start posting here 6 months ago or so without the WordPress software blocking me, it thinking I am one and the same. I haven’t been aware of anyone else called Earthling anywhere including WUWT for a few years or more I have been reading this blog so am bewildered how this all just happened.

        Out of respect for you if this is all true, then I would be happy to change my name to Earthling2, although that won’t change the dozen’s of comments from me the last 6 months unless WordPress can go back to a certain date and change my handle to Earthling2 so as not to confuse us for the history books? I guess the Mods can figure out what they want to do with me…

        All the best Earthling..hope you pull through Ok with your health issues!

        (I went through the checking process,to know that both of you are separate people using the same name for a while.The other Earthling goes back to at least 2012,while you seem to be around a shorter time,but this is for Anthony or CTM to fix) MOD

  7. Frankly, the UN’s credibility is nonexistent, so their new report on hunger isn’t surprising. On one the hand, the reports of wide spread hunger is mainly confined to those countries involved in civil wars and/or have authoritarian governments. On the other hand, climate change has had far less to do with hunger than their civil unrest and military rule.

    • this one left me feeling more exasperated than ever
      recently they had raveups on how theyd managed to REDUCE world hunger by another 2 or so per 100 globally
      then this?
      guess they used a model?

  8. “A United Nations report admits it’s “impossible” to link man-made global warming to a jump in world hunger statistics, but then goes ahead and does make that link anyway.”

    There’s nothing new under the AGW sun:

    “In climate research and modelling, we should recognise that we are dealing with a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore that the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible.”

  9. The 1996 World Food Summit set a target for the UN to cut the number of hungry people in the developing world (NHPDW) in half by the year 2015 compared with 1990-92. They took on this project with great fanfare and large increases in their budget, size, and bureaucratic power. The NHPDW in 1990-92 was 991 million. Thus the target to be reached by 2015 was 991/2=495 million. The 2014-16 statistic shows NHPDW was reduced to 791 million, meaning that they failed to reach the 495 target set for them at the 1996 World Food Summit. They should be held accountable and heads should roll. These over-paid and coddled bureaucrats should not be allowed to get away with it by blaming the boogeyman. This kind of childish behavior is a pattern at the UN because they are allowed to get away with it.
    https://ssrn.com/abstract=2794991

  10. Not much global warming in the Edmonton area for the last couple of weeks. Plenty of rain, cold and snow. With temperatures running roughly 10 degrees C below normal.

    • Irma’s little rampage gave us Midwesterners a hot, humid mashup of global warming when we should be getting fall colors and chilled nights.

      The front to the west is stalled. We need rain. Of course, if it’s not raining and hot, that could mean an early corn harvest. The ears are very mature right now and the pumpkin crop is coming in quickly. My sunflowers are nearly done. The goldfinches have raided them so much, there’s almost nothing left for winter.

      But we are going to go abruptly from near 90 today to upper 60s by Tuesday, and that should end our little spate of global warming for this year. If Montana and other neighbor states are getting snow in the mountains now, we may get dumped on this winter… or not. (See what I did there?)

      Lookin’ forward to it all.

      • Here in western PA we have started pulling some corn, leaves are falling hard with little color change and we are getting a couple weeks extra hot days and no rain. Not complaining, just sayin’! ;)

      • The combines have been parked for about two weeks now because of the weather. At a time when they should be running full out. We are likely about a month ahead of you as winter moves down from the north, so we don’t have a whole lot of time left, and none to waste. This coming week we’re suppose to see the weather straighten out and go back more normal conditions. It will take a few days of good weather before the combines can get back into the fields.

      • I’ve seen farmers in mid-state out combining the fields in the middle of winter, but not in snowstorms. Sometimes, they just hold it for the right price at the grain elevators, but it depends on how much rain they get during the season, and how much mud they have to deal with.

      • Oh, some corn gets left standing quite a while, depending on conditions. It is a storage option, depending on how dry it stays.

  11. (1) everything global warming does is bad
    (2) everything bad can be linked to global warming

    If you disagree with either (1) or (2), you are a “science denier.”

      • Only if the team losing is your team. If your team’s rival is losing consistently, that’s usually a good thing.
        My two favorite teams are Ga Tech, and whoever’s playing Georgia.

  12. All this talk about bad things happening around the globe, and no mention of Trump? I hope that he is not offended.

    • Disagree. The main biofuel produced from food crops is ethanol from maize (corn) in the US. But what is overlooked is the 41% of the corn crop used for ethanol turns into 28% protein enriched distillers grain, an outstanding ruminant food supplement. In the end, less than 13% of the crop. And almost all corn exports are as animal feed for hogs and poultry. Corn is an important diet consideration in Latin America and parts of Africa like Kenya. It is all produced and consumed locally.

      • I’d have to disagree, also. The corn being planted in the Midwest is a high-fructose product called Silver Queen. It’s especially bred for the fuels industry but it’s also marketed for the dinner table.. Fructose is extracted and processed into ethanol, and the rest of the biomass goes to livestock feeds.
        There are varieties of corn that do not go into the fuels industry, but are processed into food products like corn meal and cereals, with a lower corn fructose level. And last, some gardeners prefer to plant the heirloom varieties, including the multicolor variety popularly referred to as Indian corn, used in the distillery industry (bourbon!).

      • Thanks Ristvan for that stat. I had thought the same about corn ethanol as many others have as well, but glad to hear a different objective opinion on this that doesn’t echo some of the same criticism. And your explanation makes sense, which after hearing new facts, I am open to changing my mind. Perhaps clearing tropical jungle for the palm oil plantations is what is perhaps a bit more irritating for a lot of people.

  13. Instead of global warming, consider “the poisoning of the planet” by our pollutants, especially the microorganisms at the base of all our food chains.

  14. The UN needs to sort out global conflict and in particular it needs to deal with North Korea before ww3 wipes out any need to worry about any possible CO2 effect on our planet.

  15. Alarmists are 100% willing to irreducibly complicate their own data sets BEFORE declaring them to be of “publishing quality.” They’ve gotta be straight up delusional at this point.

  16. “…linked in part to El Niño phenomenon and climate-related shocks…”

    So, after decades and I hate to even think how many billions of dollars have been wasted the UN geniuses have discovered that weather and climate are linked.

    • Could you please tell me exactly what is meant by ‘climate-related shocks’? I don’t consider oceanic storms to be ‘climate-related shocks’. They are simply weather. Drought is weather. Winter snows are weather, as are blizzards. Tornadoes can occur in any weather, including early in winter, so that is a seasonal weather event.

      So just what does that phrase mean? Is it some kind of sales pitch? Or is it just another phrase cranked out by the propaganda machine? Will we be hearing from Pravda or Izvestia next?

  17. So ‘progressive’ burning food in cars and planting vast forests of oil producing trees on fertile ground for diesel (now deemed a killer in Europe), turns out to have been a bad idea. Well I guess that’s progress.

    Why include global warming if it’s so uncertain a factor. Conflict isn’t uncertain – it’s a high quality factor. The Biafran civil war in Nigeria killed more than 3 million people, most of whom died of starvation. Ya know trying to tend the garden and keep irrigation functioning while bullets are flying and machetes are slashing will do that to your food production because running for cover becomes the priority.

    The massive waste of resources on another bad idea, windmills and solar power can impoverish productive countries and leave them unable to help the hungry even in their own countries. Heat or eat is a famine foist on their own citizens. Had the sc@m of CAGW been successful 20yrs ago, the bumper crops we’ve enjoyed courtesy of higher CO2, would have made the hungry double what it is. Hey, the report should say “Thanks to fossil fuel burning a much worse famine was avoided. Thanks to CO2, plants are more efficiently using water, or famine would be worse still.

  18. In the meanwhile, the preamble of UN charter

    WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
    to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
    to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
    to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
    to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

    AND FOR THESE ENDS
    to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and
    to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and
    to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and
    to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

    HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS
    Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.

    http://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/preamble/index.html

    Based on the evidence so far CAGW is not even close.

  19. Fancy website version:
    http://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition/en/

    “The food security situation visibly worsened in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, South Eastern and Western Asia. This was most notable in situations of conflict, in particular where the food security impacts of conflict were compounded by droughts of floods, linked in part to El Niño phenomenon and climate-related shocks

    The full, signed off PDF report:
    http://www.fao.org/3/a-I7695e.pdf

    “The food security situation has visibly worsened in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and South-Eastern and Western Asia, as detailed in Part 1 of this report. Deteriorations have been observed most notably in situations of conflict, often compounded by droughts or floods (linked in part to the El Niño phenomenon).”

    Look what someone slipped in there….

  20. World population is growing non-linearly and at the same time food waste is growing and growing — FAO report stated that around 30% is going as waste on an average at global level but this is 40-50% In India. UN and other organisations and media talks of hunger linking global warming — Instability is a localised factor — instead of looking at real cause on the hunger and malnutrition. Malnutrition is basically associated with modern agricultural technology. The hunger is not reaching the food where it is needed. UN wasting public money on meaningless activities under the disguise of eradicating hunger and malnutrition. UN and International banks rarely look at cause and effect line. Plenty of Money, enjoy is their mottoo.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

    • donating food without donating safe ratproof storage containers…pretty daft
      ditto not supplying ratbait, or sulphur powder to fumigate grains safely, either.

    • Population growth has slowed dramatically, and will halt altogether in the next 10 to 20 years, followed by rapid drops in total population.

      Fascinating how growing more crops results in more hunger.

  21. There are two primary drivers of hunger world wide, islam and socialism. Oh, and never forget the complicity and culpability of the United Nations in forcing more and more children and women into starvation. These problems can be fixed, we as a race just have to summon the will and courage to remove them permanently from human affairs.

  22. The last 40 years have featured the best crop growing conditions, regarding weather/climate and CO2 levels, since at least the Medieval Warm Period around 1,000 years ago.

    The increase in CO2 is making a massive contribution to world food production.
    The Social Benefit of Carbon: $3.5 Trillion in Agricultural Productivity. The Positive Externalities of Carbon Dioxide:
    http://www.co2science.org/education/reports/co2benefits/MonetaryBenefitsofRisingCO2onGlobalFoodProduction.pdf

    Global drought is down slightly during that period as the planet greens up for increasing CO2.
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

    Pick the name of a plant and see how it responded to a CO2 enriched environment:

    http://www.co2science.org/data/plant_growth/dry/dry_subject.php

    Technology is helping us greatly to boost crop yields but record yields are coming, not despite climate change from humans but BECAUSE OF the very reasons sited as being adverse for growing crops/world food production.

    From the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UNITED NATIONS(7-9-2017):
    “Record cereal production seen boosting global stocks to an all-time high in 2017/18”

    http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/csdb/en/

    The glut in food production is allowing us to waste a great deal of it as fuel for transportation.

    • I love Sam, a comedic genius lost too young, that said, Sudan could actually feed its people. Every time people set up to farm in an area the “government” comes in and smashes it all to hell and drives the people to a new spot, gives them enough time to set up to farm and just start to grow something again, then in comes the “government”, smashes it all up, drives people to a new spot(often one they had previously occupied and been driven from) and the cycle starts again. Not a climate problem, it is a religious and political ideology problem.

  23. So the UN totally missed the simple fact that the monsoonal flow out of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea changed????
    Instead of going northeast into Pakistan and northwestern India, it changed direction and went into the Arabian peninsula, flowed over Qatar, Yemen, the UAE, and all those other states, and even into Kuwait, which saw snow for the first time EVER. And the UNers missed that part?
    And then that monsoonal flow continued westward and flowed over the Sahara into places like Morocco and Algeria, where it dropped a load of snow on the dunes of the Sahara last winter. (Yes, there are pictures.)
    And the UNers missed all of that?
    Maybe they could spend some time helping the people of Oman and Qatar with flooding issues. The soil there is so overloaded with water that they are now having hip-deep flooding. And the tropical storms that used to come once in a while are now coming regularly to that area.
    And UNers have missed all of this in their scramble to be politically correct and blame a drought on humans.
    Well, isn’t that just peachy???

    • See comment above concerning food impact. At the US 10 percent blendwall, ethanol does not damage auto engines designed for it. It is a problem for small engines like lawnmowers and chain saws because the blended gas is hygroscopic when left sitting in carburetors unused for long periods. Out in farm country, that is why gas stations often have one pump serving pure regular.

      • You may want to check with boat owners up north who fail to remove the ethanol from the engines prior to putting them away for the winter. Excessive moisture is the problem with ethanol On the other hand, hemp is much better as a bio fuel. It is easy to grow, needs no pesticides, has far less moisture and it is not really a food crop.

  24. Hoarding is a human trait. Not a nice one, but a trait nonetheless. Even if one has evough to share, a goodly amount of humans will hoard more. Suffering is the condition of all species and to irradicate it is a fool’s errand. Yes, one can attempt to mitigate specific events, but to irradicate suffering simply by spreading money or goods about is pie in the sky thinking. One can hardly hold their breath long enough before the recipients begin the process of hoarding.

    • Hoarding can be minimized once people stop worrying about the reliability of the food delivery system.
      In 1st world countries the government has to beg people to even have a week’s worth of food on hand every time a disaster seems imminent.

      • What one person calls hoarding others call conservation of resources, and others call storage, and others call none of your damned business. All a matter of perspective.

    • Oh, not just a possibility, it is the facts as they exist. People starve where socialism is in the ascendant.

  25. El problema no es la falta de alimentos,el verdadero problema es la falta de dinero. El pobre no tiene dinero para comprar alimentos,hay que generar empleo,que trabaje,gane un buen sueldo y pueda vivir dignamente sin tener que mendigar.FIN A LA POBREZA Y EL HAMBRE EN EL MUNDO

    • Entonces necesitamos el capitalismo y la libertad de impresa en todo el mundo, y más energía de los combustibles fósiles.

  26. The climate change we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which Mankind has no control. The real problem comes down to resources per person. The Earth’s surface area and resources is finite so the only way to improve the situation is to gradually reduce the number of persons so that the resources per person gradually increases.

  27. Is there a spike in world hunger? Last year when I checked, world hunger was continuing along a downward trend. Has there been some new development since? Maybe the spike (if there is one) is a statistical anomaly due to war or political unrest….

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