Climate change will lead to food shortages
GLOBAL warming could put a further 18% of the African population at risk of from starvation by the 2050s, according to scientists.
The scientists forecast a shortfall of 90 million tonnes of food by the 2050s. Without climate change, they estimate that world cereal production would nearly double by 2050 to 3.5bn tonnes to match global food needs.
Related research published yesterday suggests tropical forests will die back in many areas of northern Brazil, while in other areas of the world, tropical grasslands will be transformed into deserts or temperate grassland.
The scientists will present their claims to the Buenos Aires climate change conference this week.
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