Climate change: The “threat multiplier” in Venezuelan crisis

Feb 19, 2019, 7:20 AM EST
(Source: Socialist Appeal/flickr)
(Source: Socialist Appeal/flickr)

Venezuelan humanitarian crisis, on the face of it, looks entirely a product of the country’s chronic corruption, tanking oil prices and economic mismanagement by the government. These factors cannot be denied but what the headlines have unwittingly brushed aside may have shaped and sustained an ongoing calamity forcing nearly one tenth of the country’s population to migrate.

Global warming has changed Venezuela over the past decades and its consequences are beginning to show. Four of the five glaciers in the country have vanished since 1990s and a prolonged spell of severe drought over the last decade shrank Venezuela’s water and power resources, notes Scientific American.

With rainfall dropping by nearly 50 to 65 percent between 2013 and 2016 compared to national annual average, the agricultural output declined only to make matters worse for the Venezuelan economy stifled by President Nicolas Maduro’s flawed policies.