Many Millions More Will Starve from Climate Change by 2050

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

 

Source

Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists

The Guardian ‎- http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/apr/13/climate-change-millions-starvation-scientists

Also: Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/13/climate-change-threat-food-supplies

 

** 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/

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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