Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts, reports John Vidal at the London Guardian. This could turn parts of Africa into permanent disasters. Rising temperatures will also have a drastic effect on access to basic foodstuffs. A leading crop scientist, Frank Rijsberman, noted, “Food production will have to rise 60% by 2050 just to keep pace with expected global population increase and changing demand. Climate change comes on top of that,” adding that the one billion people already hungry will not be able to adapt, and we’re passing critical thresholds. America’s agricultural economy will also dramatically change over the next three decades, as warmer temperatures and unpredictable severe weather, such as the recent US drought, devastate crops, says the draft US government report US National Climate Assessment, which also tracked crop failures in Russia and Australia. Thus, extreme hunger is predicted worldwide. The question is, will we enact policies that bring our populations down to sustainable levels, before starvation does so?
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is in 2 years!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/index.php?author=mary-ellen-harte
** Gallup Poll: Public Understanding And Concern About Global Warming Keeps Rising http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/09/1840831/gallup-poll-public-understanding-and-concern-about-global-warming-keeps-rising/