Climate change causes famine

Published: Tuesday 15 May 2001

Climate change will have a negative impact on food production in tropical developing countries, reports a document of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). It states that the losses of production associated with climate change will be higher than those linked with weather-related disasters like cyclones. The FAO said that an average temperature increase of about two per cent is expected between 2001 and 2100.

A new UN environmental report outlines how countries can meet targets to reduce greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) by counting their forests as 'sinks' that absorb the CO 2 emissions. "The report spells out the area of sinks that can be accounted for meeting targets for emission cuts," a Swedish official said. The proposals would allow industrialised countries to count their encouragement of sinks in developing countries in their assessment for meeting emissions targets. "The report could help save the Kyoto treaty," hopes Jan Pronk, head of the UN's panel for climate change.

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