It is estimated that the growing season has lengthened by nearly eleven days since the 1960’s. In Northern Europe leaves emerge six days earlier in the spring and they last five days longer in the autumn.
Other changes are plants growing at higher altitudes in the mountains, and birds lay eggs earlier in the spring.
Butterflies have extended their range northwards in Europe as well as in North America .
Migratory birds arriving in the spring may find that they arrive too late for their tradtitional access to food, since flowering in some cases may start weeks earlier than nature has adapted to for the last millennia.
Carbon dioxide has a fertilizing effect
Increased CO2 in the air has a fertilizing effect on many plant species.
With moderate temperatures, long-term doubling of current ambient CO2 under field-like conditions leads to a 30% enhancement in the seed yield of rice, despite a 5-10% decline in the number of days to heading.
The grain yield of CO2 -enriched rice shows about a 10% decline for each 1°C rise above 26°C. This decline is caused by a shortening of growth duration and increased spikelet sterility. Similar scenarios have been reported for soybean and wheat.” (IPCC WG 1 2007)
What happens with an increase in temperature of e.g. 2°C. ?
Increasing temperatures will likely affect major crops such as tea and coffee production in East Africa
Major impacts on food production will come from changes in temperature, moisture levels, ultraviolet (UV) radiation, CO2 levels, and temperatures may cause expansion of production into higher elevations.
The grain filling period may be reduced as higher temperatures accelerate development, but high temperatures may have detrimental effects on sensitive development stages such as flowering, reducing grain yield and quality.
Crop water balances may be affected through changes in precipitation and other climatic elements, increased evapotranspiration, and increased Water Use Efficiency (WUE) resulting from elevated CO2.
Plant water use efficiency (WUE) is a key issue in semiarid areas, where crop production relies on irrigation. To secure environmental sustainability and food production, a better WUE is necessary. Global warming will as a rule mean increases in temperature, longer periods of drought and the risk of violent floods in semiarid regions. An improved, integrated water resources management is urgently needed in many areas.
Staple crops such as wheat and corn that are associated with subtropical latitudes may suffer a drop in yield as a result of increased temperature, and rice may disappear because of higher temperatures in the tropics
It is suggested that major changes in farming systems can compensate for some yield decreases under climate change, but additional fertilizer, seed supplies, and irrigation will involve extra costs, and threaten smallscale and subsistence farming.
IPCC: Ecosystems and Their Goods and Services
Land degradation accelerates due to increasing pressures of agricultural and industrialised livestock production, urbanization, deforestation, and extreme weather events such as droughts and coastal surges which salinate land. Instead of increasing cropland areas and making them more resilient, we degrade and reduce these areas.
- A brief guide to the impacts of climate change on food production. Farmers are experiencing weather extremes, less-predictable seasons, wildfires, and more.
- ‘Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Carbon Solution’: New Paper Outlines Vision for Climate Action (2020)
- Pollinators, but No Pollen: Spring Heat Left Europe’s Plants, Insects Out of Sync (2018)
- Soil: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change
- Regenerative agriculture
- Why regenerative agriculture?
- Amplified Rossby waves enhance risk of concurrent heatwaves in major breadbasket regions (Nature, 2019)
- Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative (UNU)
- IPES – The International Panel on Sustainable Food Systems
- ‘From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems’ (IPES 206)
- How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change
- Industrial Agriculture- The outdated, unsustainable system that dominates U.S. food production.
- Feeding humanity in a warming world
- Amazon’s mysterious black earth earth: Soil found along region riverbanks; Rich in nutrients, stores more carbon
- We May All Have to Cut Carbs Thanks to Climate Change. Rising global temperatures will harm wheat harvests—and poor countries will be hardest hit.
- Carbon dioxide: Pollutant or plant food?
- Widespread Starvation Could Be a Reality Before the End of the Century
If CO2 emissions aren’t at zero by 2070, global warming could threaten the wild relatives of staple foods like wheat and rice
- Let’s Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!
- Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change (Video)
A new study has found that urban farms are “critical to survival” in a changing climate
- Living in China’s expanding deserts (NYT, Oct 2016)
- Feng, Q. et al. (2015). What Has Caused Desertification in China?
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- Tao, W. (2016). Desertification and Land Degradation in China. International Soil and Water Conservation Research
- Deaths of land rights defenders treble in a year as violence surges, says report (Dec 2016)
- Goodland and Anhang (2016) Livestock and Climate Change, Worldwatch inst
- How do we feed a growing world?
- Can Organic Farming Feed the World?
- Pesticides are killing bees and the U.S. government knows it (July 2016)
- Orphan crops can bring food security to millions of people (FAO, 2016)
- Regenerative Agriculture Will Feed the World and Cool the Planet
- To Truly Fight Poverty, Hunger and Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture Must Go Global
- 2017: Agriculture Begins to Tackle Its Role in Climate Change
- Boosting women farmers would dramatically cut world hunger: experts (Reuters, 2017)
- Nature Is Speaking – Edward Norton is The Soil
- Africa: Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy (Feb 2017)
- This Is the Future of Farming. This is what cutting-edge looks like: The ‘world’s first post-organic produce’ grows at this vertical farm
- Climate Change Making Kenya’s Droughts More Severe (March 2017)
- Soil management and land restoration vital to meeting climate change and sustainable development targets
- Climate Change Is Making This Bolivian Village a Ghost Town (Aug 2017)
|Chapter 3||3. Impacts|
|Chapter 4||4. Ecosystems|
|4.1 Ecosystems and energy flow|
|4.3 Agricultural land|
|Chapter 5||5. Green economy|