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Intense Drought in Ethiopia Has Millions on Brink of Starvation

Addis Abeba, August 16 (RHC)-- In Ethiopia, the charity Oxfam warns an intense drought has pushed another 700,000 people to the verge of starvation.   

Oxfam’s warning adds to the U.N.’s earlier estimate that at least 8.5 million Ethiopians are in need of immediate food aid.  The U.N. says that climate change has made droughts in the Horn of Africa far more common, leading to food shortages like a 2011 famine that killed as many as 260,000 people. 

In more climate news, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the NOAA, has confirmed in a new report that 2016 was the hottest year on record. 

NOAA’s report found record heat for both land and ocean temperatures, record high sea levels, an above-average tropical cyclone season and Arctic sea ice coverage at or near record lows.  NOAA also measured record high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reaching nearly 403 parts per million. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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