World hunger is on the rise and climate change is to blame. World hunger is on the rise for the first time in years, and climate change might be to blame. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization reports that about 38 million more people were undernourished in 2016 than in 2015, bringing the total of undernourished people to 815 million. That’s 11% of the global population. Experts say that climate-related conditions are making it harder to feed people. The FAO cites drought and floods as primary examples of climate-related events that create food-insecure populations, and in some cases even incite war. Some researchers believe that a severe drought in Syria helped spark the civil war there. In South Sudan, conflict interrupted agriculture practices making it difficult for people to access food. The refugee crisis has also had an impact on countries who take in an influx of refugees, putting pressure on their food systems. The UN isn’t sure if this is a trend or just a blip, but as more extreme weather events hit and geopolitical conflict looms over the world, we might have to prepare for the worst.