A recent study from the University of Washington, published in â€œScienceâ€, warns that half of the world's population will face â€œserious food shortagesâ€ due to climate change by 2100. The worst areas affected will be the tropics and subtropics.
The authors of the study say that we must start investing in adaption and develop new food crop varieties that can better withstand a warmer climate:
The authors also say that itâ€™s not just the tropics and Third World countries that will be affected by a warmer climate and the food shortages:
"You can let it happen and painfully adapt, or you can plan for it," Battisti said. "You also could mitigate it and not let it happen in the first place, but we're not doing a very good job of that."
Climate Progress warns that this report may be seriously underestimated as the study is based on â€œthe â€˜middle of the roadâ€™ emission scenario, and that the climate is going to get â€œmuch, much hotterâ€.