A staggering 182 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die of disease directly attributable to climate change by the end of the century, argues development group, Christian Aid in a new report.

Efforts to to secure meaningful and sustainable development in poor countries will be “nullified” by global warming, Christian Aid argues. So all those recent efforts under “Eradicate Poverty” will come to nothing. It is the poor who are already suffering because of climate change, and things are set to become much, much worse. Billions of people are now at risk.

Everywhere, the twin threats of drought and famine –caused by increasingly unpredictable rain patterns in tropical areas – are expected to bring even more misery. The unfolding disaster in east Africa, where 11 million people have been put at risk of hunger by years of unprecedented drought, is a foretaste of what is to come.

So Blair and Bush and other global leaders can talk all they want about eradicating poverty (which they seem to have gone rather silent on recently), but unless they tackle climate change NOW, millions will die. You can’t be clearer than that now, can you.