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Get Ready to Eat Differently in a Warmer World

To wrap up a 10 part series in the affects of climate change, Ilima Loomis discusses the challenges our world will see from rising temperatures. Along with warmer days, crops will produce smaller yields, make up of soil will change and diseases and weeds will thrive with hotter weather.

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  • Ilima Loomis

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  • May 23, 2019 by ScienceNews for Students

To wrap up a 10 part series about the affects of climate change, Ilima Loomis discusses the challenges our world will see from rising temperatures. Along with warmer days, crops will produce smaller yields, the make up of soil will change, pests, diseases and weeds will thrive with hotter weather, and floods will pose a threat to farm lands.

Loomis encourages farmers and citizens to adapt to the warming world in order to slow down the momentum of climate change. She discusses a  computer model that is able to toggle with variables like temperature and time to see the long term affects of climate change. “Tweaking temperatures in the model turned up something very worrisome. A global warming of 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), his model showed, “leads to reductions in all the major crops.” Corn harvests would fall by 7 to 8 percent. Wheat would drop by 6 percent. Rice and soy yields would fall some 3 percent.”

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Citation: Loomis, Ilima. “Get Ready to Eat Differently in a Warming World”. ScienceNews for Students, 23 May 2019.