Climate Change Threatens India’s Food Security

Climate Change Threatens India’s Food Security

by The Daily Eye Team April 4 2014, 10:27 am Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 43 secs

High levels of warming resulting from continued growth in greenhouse gas emissions may have an adverse impact on India’s food security especially on rice and maize production, said a report on climate change. Press Trust of India (PTI) reports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as saying that India’s fisheries could also be negatively affected by climate change. CO2 emissions are often accompanied by ozone (O3) precursors leading to a rise in troposphere O3 that harms crop yields, IPCC said in its report titled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability” released Monday in Yokohama, Japan. “Elevated O3 since pre-industrial times has very likely suppressed global production of major crops, with estimated losses of roughly 10 percent for wheat and soya bean and 3-5 percent for maize and rice,” the report said.

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