Climate Change to Soon Threaten Agriculture: Study
A new study has come up with implications for how farming will begin to suffer 15 years from now because of climate change. The study - based on climate models and research on crop productivity - showed farmers will struggle to maintain corn, wheat and rice yields in 2030 because of adverse effects of climate change.
The effects of climate, if begin to take a toll on farming by 2030, will be occurring much earlier than what was previously expected by scientists, said Andy Challinor, a Leeds professor and lead author of the study.
If farmers do no acclimatize to climate change in order to bring change in their farming techniques, they may face huge losses in their aggregate production of wheat, rice and corn. The study- published in the journal Nature Climate Change - has showed that how climate change is not threatening humanity by only causing catastrophic events, but also by negatively affecting the agriculture.
Scientists have predicted that the losses in yield will be much greater in the second half of the century than the first half. The effects will be more troublesome in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The study's findings must not be trivialized because they have been derived after performing a meta-analysis, which involved more than 1,700 assessments of how climate change will affect rice, corn and wheat yields in near future.
"Climate change means a less predictable harvest, with different countries winning and losing in different years. The overall picture remains negative, and we are now starting to see how research can support adaptation by avoiding the worst impacts", said Challinor.
Another study on the effects of climate change on agriculture has showed that 20% rise in crop prices will be caused by 2050 because of climate change's average effect on yield.
A record-breaking drought in California caused billions of dollars of economic damage by cutting thousands of acres of crop land last year. About 80% of the world's almonds are produced in California, and climate change could really shake the reputation of the region.
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