patterns and climate patterns also contributed to the worst desert locust attack in 25 years, which further endangered the crop stock in the region. As a result, by the end of 2019, over 22 million people only in the Horn of Africa faced severe food insecure. Displacements of over 22 million people due to catastrophes in 2019 were due to severe impacted weather events.
This number shows a 25% increase than 2018. Floods and storms were the main causes of this distress. It included Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Both of which dropped unprecedented amounts of rainfall and displaced tens of thousands of residents. During two separate summer heatwaves in European countries recorded all time higher than ever.
Temperatures remained high in numerous countries across Europe and at least 1,462 deaths were noted. It is pertinent to mention that the effects of climate change on human health extend beyond just hunger and heat-related disease. The dengue virus has seen a wide spread worldwide. The number of cases rapidly grew and now has become a threat for about half of the world’s population.
Australia experienced highest warm temperatures and dangerous drought, which further created the perfect storm for the wildfires that, burned over 7 million hectares (17 million acres) in New South Wales and Victoria alone. The fire activity was not just limited to Australia; however, Siberia and South America’s Amazon rain forests saw huge wildfires as well.
Climate change is a humanitarian emergency. Today, one climate-related adversity happens every 1-2 days. Under privileged people are the ones more affected under climate change. Those who does not have enough resources to defend themselves from catastrophes or live in vicinities where climate effects like floods, droughts and storms hit the toughest.
We have no other option left for us than to gather and work on climate action, which is the need of the time. A solid plan of action is required to move along for positive and result oriented approach. All it starts with an ambition. This climate ambition can further indulge into climate action but constant effort is the utter need.