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Global Climate Change Impacts Food Supply

A warming world will affect everything from crops to the oceans, a new UN study says.


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A UN panel, consisting of 400 authors who reviewed 1200 studies, concludes climate change has a negative impact on the world's hungry.

Climate change will cause a squeeze on the world’s food supply, exacerbating global hunger and poverty. That’s what a United Nations scientific panel said this week.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds that a warming world is bad for crop yields, slowing and decreasing key crops needed to feed communities worldwide.

Food prices will rise globally — some estimates say as high as 84 percent by 2050.

Climate change could also result in warming oceans, which will mean less fish yields.

One bright spot in the report is the ability for innovation and creativity to meet the challenges of climate change, co-chair of Working Group 2 Christopher Field says.

Read More:

  • Global Food Security Threatened By Warming World, UN Climate Change Panel Warns (Huffington Post)
  • Climate change to leave no one on planet ‘untouched,’ IPCC chief (+video) (Christian Science Monitor)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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