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Warming worsens hunger problems: U.N.

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Rajendra K. Pachauri (left) and Christopher Field of IPCC in Yokohama on Monday.— PHOTO: AP
Rajendra K. Pachauri (left) and Christopher Field of IPCC in Yokohama on Monday.— PHOTO: AP

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.

A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger “hotspots of hunger” among the world’s poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in a 32-volume report issued on Monday.

“We’re facing the spectre of reduced yields in some of the key crops that feed humanity,” panel chairman Rajendra Pachauri said in a press conference after releasing the report.

Even though heat and carbon dioxide are often considered good for plants, the overall effect of various aspects of man-made warming is that it will reduce food production, the report said.

In the past several years the scientific literature has been overwhelming in showing that climate change hurts food production, said Chris Field of the Carnegie Institution of Science and lead author of the climate report.

Food prices are likely to go up somewhere in a wide range of three per cent to 84 percent by 2050 just because of climate change, the report said. — AP


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