UN IPCC Global Warming Report Coauthored By University Of Arizona Professor

Published: Monday, October 8, 2018 - 2:37pm
Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018 - 2:54pm
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The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its report on global warming and global temperatures are likely to increase 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if carbon dioxide emissions continue to increase at the current rate.

The report’s findings show that any increase above that mark would negatively impact the world’s food supply.

“That will start to affect global agriculture production because you actually get to the limits of adaptation of some crops,” said University of Arizona researcher Diana Liverman, one of the lead authors of the report.

Liverman said the result would mean higher food prices for people in Arizona but it would threaten survival for people in poorer countries living on the margins.

“That will start to affect global agriculture production because you actually get to the limits of adaptation of some crops,” she said.

And, that’s not all.

“The other thing people are concerned about is the possibility of losing species and ecosystems forever,” said Liverman, evidence for which is already present with the bleaching of The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, for instance.

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