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UN top climate official warns against global warming

On February 15, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), issued a statement to the Congress of Deputies of Spain in Madrid, warning against climate instability, global warming and political unrest, according to the New York Times.

Figueres spoke about drought, crop yields, rising food prices and concerns over food security.

“On a global level, increasingly unpredictable weather patterns will lead to falling agricultural production and higher food prices, leading to food insecurity," said Figueres. "In Africa, crop yields could decline by as much as 50 percent by 2020. Recent experiences around the world clearly show how such situations can cause political instability and undermine the performance of already fragile states."

According to Figueres, further political instability could spread through North Africa and the Middle east if climate concerns are not addressed.

Both Tunisia and Egypt experienced massive political unrest in January 2011. Global attention on food security, rising food prices and recent droughts in China have increasingly turned focus towards food and politics.
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