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How climate change contributed to Madagascar's food crisis

By Chris Funk, Affiliated Research Professor, Department of Geography and Research Director, Climate Hazards Group, University of California Santa Barbara
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The UN has announced that Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world’s first “climate change famine”. Tens of thousands of people are suffering “catastrophic” levels of hunger. Climate hazard scientist, Chris Funk, provides insights into the causes.

How significant has the drought been in Madagascar?

Out of the last six years in Madagascar, five years have had poor or very bad rainy seasons.

My colleagues and I were able to track this because of the satellite-gauge…

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