Named unexpected cause imminent mass starvation


Photo: Igor Podgorny / RIA Novosti

Scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA) found that global warming will lead to mass starvation not only due to extreme weather events, but also because of the proliferation of insects harmful to crops. About it reported in a press release on EurekAlert!.

According to the researchers, the warming will lead to an exponential acceleration of the metabolism of arthropods (hence, and appetite), as well as their fertility. The increase in the number of insects will result in losses of such crops as rice, corn and wheat 10-25 percent of the increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere for every degree Celsius. A global temperature rise of two degrees Celsius will result in a reduction of the yield at 213 million tons annually.

In 2016, the UN revealed that at least 815 million people not getting enough food. Corn, rice and wheat are the main crops, and they consume four billion people. At the same time, rice is less vulnerable to insects because it is grown in the tropics, where insect activity has already reached the maximum.

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