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Madagascan “Climate Change Famine”–BBC Fake News

August 26, 2021

By Paul Homewood

 

More lies from the British Bulls**t Corporation:

 

 

 

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Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world’s first "climate change famine", according to the United Nations, which says tens of thousands of people are already suffering "catastrophic" levels of hunger and food insecurity after four years without rain.

The drought – the worst in four decades – has devastated isolated farming communities in the south of the country, leaving families to scavenge for insects to survive.

"These are famine-like conditions and they’re being driven by climate not conflict," said the UN World Food Programme’s Shelley Thakral.

The UN estimates that 30,000 people are currently experiencing the highest internationally recognised level of food insecurity – level five – and there are concerns the number affected could rise sharply as Madagascar enters the traditional "lean season" before harvest.

"This is unprecedented. These people have done nothing to contribute to climate change. They don’t burn fossil fuels… and yet they are bearing the brunt of climate change," said Ms Thakral.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-58303792

The reality is that agricultural output in Madagascar rocketed between 2002 and 2012, although it has been steady since. However this has not kept up with population growth, which has doubled since 1990.

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http://www.fao.org/faostat/en/#compare

 

According to the Borgen project, the real problem is the lack of land available for farming, which is critical when population has doubled in the last thirty years. They also point out that Madagascar has always been highly exposed to natural disasters, but because of overfarming, the soil erodes and loses fertility:

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https://borgenproject.org/10-facts-about-agriculture-in-madagascar/

 

None of this the slightest thing to do with climate change, as the fake news BBC would like you to believe.

29 Comments
  1. Broadlands permalink
    August 26, 2021 6:51 pm

    “This is unprecedented.” Whenever I see that written about global warming or climate change I know that something is missing, forgotten or is wrong.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      August 29, 2021 9:47 am

      The climate doom doublespeak contradictions are laughable ….We are told the southern Madagascar drought is ” the worst in four decades ” and at the same time ” unprecedented ” …..How can this be if there was another preceding drought [ and many more previous droughts in an aridity prone region close to the cold waters of the southern Indian ocean ] in the 1980’s ? ……We are also told ” the crisis has not yet reached the threshold for famine classification ” yet Madagascar is experiencing the worlds ‘first climate change induced famine ” – notwithstanding the United Nations climate famine fearmongering in March 2017 when the UN’s Stephen O’Brien warned climate change was the primary culprit ” in the ‘worst famine since 1945 ” ..Oh and again in 2018 when the UN announced climate change is driving global hunger … So was the first global warming famine in 2021 , 2017 or 2018 ? Well in the mind of a Green totalitarian perhaps they are all true at one and the same time . Tripleplusbad huh?….Now for some curious reason I am unable to download and scrutinize the meteomadagscar maproom sites Madagascar Jan – March Total Rainfall time series 1981 – 2018 …I hope you have better luck Paul Homewood

      https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-famine-poses-global-security-threat-un-warns/
      https://unfccc.int/news/un-warns-climate-change-is-driving-global-hunger

      map.meteomadagascar.mg/maproom/Climatology/Climate_Analysis/Seasonal_Trend.htm

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 29, 2021 9:53 am

        map.meteomadagascar.mg/maproom/Climatology/Climate_Analysis/Seasonal_Trend.html

  2. Steven Haycock permalink
    August 26, 2021 6:59 pm

    “The drought – the worst in four decades….” Says it all doesn’t it?

    • George Lawson permalink
      August 27, 2021 12:28 pm

      Why do global warming fanatics like Andrew Harding keep arguing with themselves when they make these conflicting statements in their hysterical articles?

  3. Mad Mike permalink
    August 26, 2021 7:24 pm

    I have no great love for the BBC but we must be fair. They are merely reporting, with relish no doubt, what a division of the UN is saying. They have been the culprits who make the bullets all along. Much of the UN is funded and run by the Chinese I believe and this needs to be exposed. The BBC are just useful if willing idiots.

    • peterggg1492 permalink
      August 26, 2021 7:36 pm

      Agreed, however, the BBC directly employs 22,000 people. If Paul H can fact check a story with just a single person, surely they could spare a couple to do some verification, before they publish something, with their weight and good name behind it.
      “It takes 20 years to build a good reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 26, 2021 8:16 pm

      They – BBC – have an agenda. As in Agenda.

    • Nial permalink
      August 27, 2021 10:13 am

      No, the BBC are an activist organisation WRT “Climate change”.

      There was a meeting in ~2006 with journalists, executives and “scientists” where it was decided that the BBC would take this position. AIUI later investigation showed the ‘scientists’ were mostly representatives of WWF, Greenpeace etc.

      Any time you hear anything from the BBC on ‘climate change’, it is likely to be propaganda.

  4. Gamecock permalink
    August 26, 2021 7:43 pm

    ‘The UN estimates that 30,000 people are currently experiencing the highest internationally recognised level of food insecurity – level five – and there are concerns the number affected could rise sharply as Madagascar enters the traditional “lean season” before harvest.’

    I don’t accept ‘food insecurity’ as a scientific term. It is a political term. Madagascar has nearly 30,000,000 people. So 0.1% may have a problem. Why aren’t the others helping?

    More . . . Madagascar has 10 climate zones. Its weather patterns are well understood. The south, as referred to by the article, has a BSh climate. While not desert, certainly arid. To suggest drought is climate change is ignorant. Drought is a weather term. Should drought continue for decades, it might be appropriate to change that little corner of Madagascar from “arid” to “desert.”

    We are DECADES from such reclassification. I.e., “climate change.” As usual, the people who talk ‘climate change’ don’t even know what it means.

    • HotScot permalink
      August 26, 2021 10:59 pm

      Disney sells the idea that Madagascar is a tiny desert island.

      It’s not, it’s considerably bigger than the UK.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      August 27, 2021 7:42 am

      Yes why are they foraging for insects of the UN knows they are hungry? Why not bring them some food? 30,000 people is a pretty small number to feed – half a decent Premiership crowd.

      • Martin Brumby permalink
        August 27, 2021 9:18 am

        Be fair!

        Perhaps they are foraging for insects to save the Planet, just as GangGreen suggests (but doesn’t do themselves, obviously.)

        I note that even in these generally very sensible comments, no-one mentions that, just maybe, the Madagascan government might have some responsibilities for avoiding these problems and mitigating those that can’t be avoided?

        Obviously neither the UN nor our media and politicians suggests for a moment that the Madagascan government is incompetent and cares little for their citizens.

        (Because that would be Raaacist!!!)

  5. Mark Hodgson permalink
    August 26, 2021 7:43 pm

    It’s worse then that, as I point out here:

    Open Mic

    This is dreadful news. But climate-change induced? It’s only a few years since nearby Mozambique was suffering from climate-change induced floods, or so we were told. Indeed, 4 years without rain in Madagascar?

    “Madagascar: Floods – Jan 2020”

    https://reliefweb.int/disaster/fl-2020-000019-mdg

    “Following widespread floods and landslides across several the Alaotra Mangoro, Analamanga, Betsiboka, Boeny, Melaky and Sofia regions, 13 people are now confirmed dead. According to media reports, at least 19 people are missing, approximately 3,000 people are displaced and more than 47,000 affected. Roads are damaged in the northern part of the country, leaving some villages isolated. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast over north-western, central-eastern and south-eastern regions. (ECHO, 24 Jan 2020)

    Heavy rainfall and flooding caused by a tropical disturbance have affected nearly 107,000 people, including more than 16,000 displaced, and caused at least 31 deaths in Madagascar over the last week. The Government declared a State of Emergency on 24 January and is leading the humanitarian response. (OCHA, 26 Jan 2020)

    As of 25 January, the human toll is 9 people missing, 31 reported dead, 106,846 affected, 16,031 displaced. The estimation of damage on infrastructure is as follows: 67 public schools completely destroyed, 28 public schools partially destroyed, 18 schools used as evacuation centers. The government declare an Emergency State by the prime Minister. The delivery of humanitarian aid is the biggest issue for humanitarian actor, and the mobilization of sectoral prepositioning and on-site stock is prioritized in the current activities.”

    Where are the BBC fact checkers when you need them?

    • AC Osborn permalink
      August 26, 2021 8:24 pm

      Obviously the floods were the wrong type of floods or in the wrong place.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 27, 2021 10:37 am

      The BBC don’t have ‘fact checkers’ but censors to ensure what they post or broadcast conforms to their agenda.

  6. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 26, 2021 8:22 pm

    I feel a complaint to the BBC coming on….Paul? 🙂

  7. Cheshire Red permalink
    August 26, 2021 9:18 pm

    NGO produces a ‘report’ which ‘estimates’ or ‘projects’ ‘catastrophic figures due to ‘climate change’.

    MSM broadcast the claims of said ‘report’.

    NGO expressing subjective opinions of ‘experts’, so they can’t be touched.
    Media reporting NGO, so they can’t be touched.
    NGO and MSM spout endless BS, with all organisations free of being held accountable for pushing exaggerations or outright l i e s.

    Money flows via grants, clicks, ad revenues and endless funding.

    Politicians get another scary story into public domain.

    We’re all played.

    See how the scam works?

    • August 26, 2021 10:43 pm

      Anyone waiting for an example of a politician successfully managing the climate is in for a long wait. A very long wait indeed. Or to put it another way: forget it.

  8. Jack Broughton permalink
    August 26, 2021 9:46 pm

    I was reading an article in the “i” by one James Dyke of Exeter Uni, (who writes climate rubbish for them every week as a nice little earner) supporting the XR protests and saying that we should “love them”.

    The crazies, like the “i” and their fanatical editors, ought to be added to “The Little List” of people who have, directly or indirectly, caused major damage to the UK’s energy system. They ought to be accountable for the damage they are causing through their one-sided advocacy. The UK had a secure, low-cost electricity system until about 10 years ago. We now pay through the nose for an insecure, weather dependent system. Transport is another story!

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      August 27, 2021 7:49 am

      The truly sad thing about that is the imbecile simply doesn’t see that saying we should support stuff he wants is neither an argument nor journalism. That generation are entirely narcissistic with many being solopsistic. Reality is their opinions no matter how ignorant. They lack any ability to think – literally, they cannot work their way through even simple arguments that contradict their emotion-driven beliefs. We are back in pre-Enlightenment, pre-science times.

    • Dave Andrews permalink
      August 27, 2021 5:35 pm

      James Dyke has got even more fanatically fantastical recently as he has got a book to sell entitled ‘Fire,Storm and Flood: the Violence of Climate Change.’

      I may borrow it for a laugh from the Library one day.

  9. cookers52 permalink
    August 27, 2021 6:03 am

    I am going full climate woke, if only I knew what to do.

    I read lots of bleating about how we all need to change our behaviour to stop climate catastrophe but I am struggling to read anything that tells me what the change might be.

    The current government policy of net zero represents the maximum mitigation, there is nothing further I can do.

    Whether the policy is sensible or achievable isn’t really that important in the political world, most political policies fail, it happens all the time.

    It has been a worldwide political policy to eradicate famine and hunger for as long as I can remember, and huge charities and UN agencies have been given almost limitless resources to end hunger. This policy has failed but this has no nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with human nature.

  10. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 27, 2021 7:52 am

    The history of the world since farming started is of periodic famine in most places. To claim that somehow famine is a new phenomenon requires extraordinary levels of ignorance.

  11. August 27, 2021 7:56 am

    “British Bulls**t Corporation”
    Love it
    Would like to use with your permission

  12. August 28, 2021 9:06 am

    I’ve just got in the facebook jail for pointing out something related with this. A true historical fact, unlike their climastrological fake news.

  13. tom0mason permalink
    August 29, 2021 11:17 pm

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