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Warming Reduces Global Corn, Wheat Production; U.S. Agriculture Immune

Date Posted: 
May 12, 2011
Publisher: 
Science

New research published in Science reveals the impact of recent climate change on the production of major food crops. The study, headed by a Stanford University scientist, found that global corn and wheat yields were significantly reduced by 3.8% and 5.5%, respectively, due to the global warming trend since 1980. However, regional climate variability means that not all agricultural regions experienced the same decline. Luckily, the U.S. and northern Mexico did not experience a declining production rate for corn since temperatures did not rise significantly during the summer growing season in these regions.

 

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