Leaked Panel Report On Climate Change Warns Of Risks To Global Food Supply

“Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found,” the New York Times reports. “The warnings come in a leaked draft of a report under development by a United Nations panel, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The document is not final and could change before it is released in March,” the newspaper adds. “The warning on the food supply is the sharpest in tone the panel has issued. Its previous report, in 2007, was more hopeful,” the newspaper writes. “On the food supply, the new report finds that benefits from global warming may be seen in some areas, like northern lands that are now marginal for food production,” the New York Times notes, continuing, “But it adds that overall, global warming could reduce agricultural production by as much as two percent each decade for the rest of this century” (Gillis, 11/1).