'The risks of harvest failures in multiple global breadbaskets have been
underestimated, according to a study Tuesday that researchers said should be a
"wake up call" about the threat climate change poses to our food systems.
Food production is both a key source of planet-warming emissions and highly
exposed to the effects of climate change, with climate and crop models used to
figure out just what the impacts could be as the world warms.
In the new research published in Nature Communications
, researchers in the
United States and Germany looked at the likelihood that several major food
producing regions could simultaneously suffer low yields.
These events can lead to price spikes, food insecurity and even civil unrest,
said lead author Kai Kornhuber, a researcher at Columbia University and the
German Council on Foreign Relations.
By "increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases, we are entering this
uncharted water where we are struggling to really have an accurate idea of what
type of extremes we're going to face," he told AFP
"We show that these types of concurring events are really largely
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