Billions Face Food Shortages, Study Warns

February 27, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Nadia Conners, producer of The 11th Hour, for this article.

Half of the world’s population could face severe food shortages by the end of the century as rising temperatures take their toll on farmers’ crops, scientists have warned.

Harvests of staple food crops such as rice and maize could fall by between 20% and 40% as a result of higher temperatures during the growing season in the tropics and subtropics. Warmer temperatures in the region are also expected to increase the risk of drought, cutting crop losses further, according to a new study.

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