Climate Change and World Agriculture
- Publisher: Earthscan Publications Ltd
In 1990 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed its report on the greenhouse effect. The IPCC had been set up under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme, to examine how climate and sea level might change, what might be the impact of these changes and what could be the most appropriate response to them. IPCC Working Groups tackled each of these three tasks. Working Group II (Impacts) concluded that greenhouse gas-induced changes of climate would have an important effect on agriculture, with the most severe negative impacts probably occurring in regions of high present-day vulnerability that are least able to adjust technologically to such effects. 1 The purpose of this book is to consider, in more detail than could be covered within the confines of the IPCC report on agriculture, the reasoning behind this conclusion, its implications for global food security and the most appropriate courses of action.