21 April 2016
Millions of people are at risk of hunger, starvation and diseases as a result of the onset of the unusually strong El-Nino since 2015 till now. But efforts in disaster risk preparedness and climate change adaptation have been haphazard. There is urgency for action to avert more catastrophic consequences of new climate patterns.
The current El-Nino weather pattern since 2015 has brought record-high temperatures and the spread of erratic rainfall around the world. Experts have argued that the El-Nino is not “the only boy in town” affecting the atmosphere in the tropics. El-Nino, combined with global climate shifts, have not only triggered magnified droughts but also caused erratic rainfall across the globe.
As a result, the impact of the present El-Nino on the global ecosystem has been devastating, worse than what experts have expected. The intense heat patterns caused by El Nino is already seen in many parts of world, with Africa and Latin America undergoing tremendous strain in their food and health systems.
… Mely Caballero-Anthony is Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Jonatan A. Lassa is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies (NTS Centre).
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