Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) tweeted out a New York Times story about climate change last Friday and noted that “time is running out” to deal with the issue.
“Half a billion people live in areas turning into desert,” Omar said in her Tweet. “100 million more people are at risk of hunger from climate change. Time is running out. How many more reports do we need before we treat this threat with the seriousness it deserves?”
The New York Times story that Omar tweeted was headlined: “Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns.”
The story, which was published on Aug. 8, begin with these two paragraphs:
“The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at ‘unprecedented rates,’ a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.
“The report, prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and released in summary form in Geneva on Thursday, found that the window to address the threat is closing rapidly. A half-billion people already live in places turning into desert, and soil is being lost between 10 and 100 times faster than it is forming, according to the report.”