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    Default Fake News from the University of Washington on Climate Change.

    Pests to eat more crops in warmer world

    By Lucy R Green Science reporter

    • 30 August 2018


    Insects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up, predicts a US study.

    Scientists estimate the pests will be eating 10-25% more wheat, rice and maize across the globe for each one degree rise in climate temperature.
    Warming drives insect energy use and prompts them to eat more. Their populations can also increase.
    This is bound to put pressure on the world's leading cereal crops, says study co-author Curtis Deutsch.
    "Insect pests currently consume the equivalent of one out of every 12 loaves of bread (before they ever get made). By the end of this century, if climate change continues unabated, insects will be eating more than two loaves of every 12 that could have been made," the University of Washington, US, researcher told BBC News.

    What does the study show?

    Prof Deutsch, Joshua Tewksbury and colleagues have conducted a study on a global scale and looked at three different grain crops that are staple foods for billions of people.
    The study, in the journal Science, uses data from across the globe to make a mathematical prediction that links the response of insects to temperature with the damage that is done to crops when the climate warms up.
    Guy Poppy, who is Professor of Ecology at University of Southampton, UK, and works on food security said: "It is a novel piecing together of several pieces of a jigsaw".
    The team put laboratory data from 38 insect species into the mathematical model. They looked to see how the energy use and growth responses of these insects to temperature might affect future crop losses.
    There is already reckoned to be a direct effect of climate change on crops, with yields declining by about 5% for every one degree increase in temperature.
    That loss will be 50% higher because of insect damage, said Prof Tewksbury from the University of Colorado Boulder, US.
    So, this new research suggests the action of pests will accelerate temperature-induced impacts.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45358643
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    Default Re: Fake News from the University of Washington on Climate Change.

    Nothing to see here. We will just "let go a few more workers and invest in more capital" to adjust for the coming losses......
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    Default Re: Fake News from the University of Washington on Climate Change.

    Tsk. Tsk, all those left leaning insects……..

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    Default Re: Fake News from the University of Washington on Climate Change.

    Don't worry, Trump will relax the regulations on a dozen pesticide that have shown to cause cancer. That'll get rid of them in the first year farmers apply it.

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