West Antarctic ice collapse ‘could drown Middle East and Asia crops’
America’s corn belt could face yield declines of more than 25% by mid-century as climate change takes hold, report warns
The ongoing collapse of a large part of the Antarctica ice sheet could devastate global food supply, drowning vast areas of crop lands across the Middle East and Asia, according to new research.
The report, Advancing Global Food Supply in the Face of a Changing Climate, urges the Obama Administration to step up research funding – especially in developing countries – to help make up a projected gap in future food supply.
It also warns America’s corn belt could face yield declines of more than 25% by mid-century – unless there are new advances in agriculture to compensate for hotter temperatures, changing rainfall and more aggressive weeds and pests under climate change.
The report, due to be released at a high-level conference in Washington DC on Thursday (May 22), is the first to factor in the effects of the slow-motion collapse of the Western Antarctica ice sheet on future food security.
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