Climate affects food productionSome news related to the UN climate conference now underway in Cancun that again shows why Greenpeace argues for an Energy [R]evolution that would end our addiction to oil and deal with climate change.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that this year is almost certain to rank in the top 3 warmest years since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850.

WMO says the combined air temperature for the sea and land surfaces from January to October this year is estimated at a little more than a half a degree C above the annual average temperature for the period 1961 to 1998. Greenpeace and a host of other environmental groups are at the Cancun conference are trying to convince world governments to take climate change seriously and keep the increase in the average global temperature as far below 2°C as possible, better still to less than 1.5°C.

In Cancun, Wendel Trio, Greenpeace International Climate Policy Director said about the WMO announcement: "This is yet another warning from the planet that it is feeling the heat. Will Governments take this warning and take the opportunity to act?  Or will they continue to delay action and accept more warming, year after year."

Yesterday, the International Food Policy Research Institute warned in Cancun that the world faces steadily rising food prices this century because of climate change, even if the emissions causing global warming and climate change were stopped immediately. The prospects for food production get really “gloomy” beyond 2050 when the scientists preparing the report consider that global temperatures might rise by as much as 6.4°C, if nothing is done to address climate change. That would be three times higher than the increase under discussion in Cancun.

Based on 15 scenarios it modelled, the research institute said “climate change worsens future human well-being, especially among the world’s poorest people.”