Published March 31, 2014
YOKOHAMA, Japan – A United Nations scientific panel says global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report says a warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger hotspots of hunger among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee.
The report said less food grows in a warmed-up world than in a world without climate change.
Monday's warning about food and global warming is a big change from the last time the Nobel Prize-winning panel of scientists issued a report on the effects of climate change. In 2007, it said it couldn't tell if warmer weather would help or hurt food production.