Thursday, November 12, 2009

Climate Change and China's Food Supply

I wonder if the officials in China approving all their new coal-fired power plants are aware of the predicted impacts of global warming on their country's food supply:

Over the past decades, the Yangtze River Basin has become hotter. It is expected that the temperature will increase by up to 2 degrees Celsius, by 2050, relative to 1950 temperatures.

Researchers warn that the temperature change alone would reduce rice production by up to 41 per cent by the end of this century, with corn and winter wheat production declining more rapidly — a corn reduction of up to 50 per cent is estimated by 2080.

What are the solutions in this, yet another story exploring how in tarnation we are going to feed a growing human population in an overheating world?

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