Climate change could trigger a global food crisis, new U.N. report says

Dec 2015
12,871
8,076
In Your Heart!
Climate change could trigger a global food crisis, new U.N. report says
If average global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius, the risk of food supply instabilities “are projected to be very high,” according to the report.
By Denise Chow


"If climate change is left unchecked, rising temperatures, extreme weather and land degradation could trigger a global food crisis, according to a report released Thursday by a United Nations panel."
"The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change examined how agriculture will be affected by global warming, as well as how food production and other changes in land use are expected to contribute to climate change in the future."
"The report also suggested dietary changes could mitigate some of the impacts of global warming. Widespread adoption of more environmentally friendly diets, such as veganism or vegetarianism, could reduce the equivalent of up to 8 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year."









##########################################################################################
There are those who deny climate change and global warming as being a reality yet it is. This new report confirms that. It is therefore time to start looking at things much differently and seeing how we can help to reduce the deleterious effects of global warming.

 
  • Like
Reactions: HayJenn

HayJenn

Former Staff
Jul 2014
72,686
64,067
CA
Climate change could trigger a global food crisis, new U.N. report says
If average global temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius, the risk of food supply instabilities “are projected to be very high,” according to the report.
By Denise Chow















##########################################################################################
There are those who deny climate change and global warming as being a reality yet it is. This new report confirms that. It is therefore time to start looking at things much differently and seeing how we can help to reduce the deleterious effects of global warming.


There is no shortage of scary facts in the major new report on climate change and land, a summary of which was released today by a United Nations–led scientific panel. Chief among them: For everyone who lives on land, the planet’s dangerously warmed future is already here. Earth’s land has already warmed more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since the industrial revolution, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That’s the same amount of warming that climate activists are hoping to prevent on a global scale.


This spike makes sense, scientifically: Land warms twice as fast as the planet overall. Earth as a whole has warmed by only 0.87 degrees Celsius (1.5 degrees Fahrenheit) during the same period. But this increase makes the stakes of climate change clear: When scientists discuss preventing “1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming,” they are really talking about forestalling 3 degrees Celsius—or 5.1 degrees Fahrenheit—of higher land temperatures.

And land temperatures are what humanity usually cares about. Land, really, is what humanity cares about. That’s the point.

If the report has an overarching theme, it’s that land is extremely scarce, we need it for everything, and we are already using most of it. More than 70 percent of the planet’s ice-free land is already shaped by human activity, the report says. As trees are felled and farms take their place, this human-managed land emits about a quarter of global greenhouse-gas pollution every year, including 13 percent of carbon dioxide and 44 percent of the super-warming but short-lived pollutant methane.

This Land Is the Only Land There Is
 
  • Like
Reactions: DemoWhip