Global Warming Will Harm Agriculture Sooner Than Previously Thought
As hundreds of government officials and scientists huddle this week in Yokohama, Japan to polish the final draft of a major climate report, new research is revealing the depth and urgency of the puzzle the world must solve.
Growing more food in the coming decades may be increasingly difficult sooner than expected, according to a clutch of recent climate studies. Higher average temperatures, temperature spikes during the growing season, and widespread changes in rainfall and water availability will cut farmland productivity, just when an increase is most needed to feed a world on the path to 10 billion people.
Results from at least one of the studies informed the climate report to be released on March 31 in Yokohama. The report is the latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the scientific body created by the United Nations in 1988 to evaluate the social and physical changes associated with a fevered Earth.