Friday, May 06, 2011
Climate change cutting crop yields, study finds
Climate change is already boosting the price of staple crops and pinching production, according to new research that seeks to tease apart historical agriculture trends," reports Dina Fine Maron of Environment & Energy News. "Work published today in the journal Science finds that yields for wheat and maize during the past 30 years are lower than they would have been if it were not for rising temperatures." (Read more; subscription required) For a report on the study and how agricultural interests are coping with climate change, from Philip Brasher of the Des Moines Register, go here.