Thursday, January 8, 2009

Global warming very likely to cause hunger in years to come

According to the newest study by David Battisti, a climatologist at the University of Washington that used 23 models vetted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change there is a 90% chance that average temperatures in the tropics and subtropics will be higher than the hottest heat waves of the past century. This will cause hunger to approximately 3 billion people that live in these areas because most of these people are dependent on locally produced crops for both food and income, and they will be literally forced to choose between going hungry or moving to milder climate areas.

Even now there are many hungry people around the world, and in the years to come we could see a real catastrophe. Global food markets have already started showing some signs of weakness and the future food supply will likely turn into the catastrophe if current warming trend continues.

Tropics and subtropics will be worst hit areas, but unfortunately not the only ones. If current warming trend continues heat wave that caused more than 50,000 people in Europe in 2003 will become standard somewhere around 2080. Our future looks to be heading in the completely wrong direction...

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