18/10/18

Scientists Warn World Facing Major Famine, Could "Lead To Severe Shocks To Global Food System"



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Scientists Warn World Facing Major Famine, Could "Lead To Severe Shocks To Global Food System"
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Researchers from Washington State University have published a new report of the Great Drought, the most destructive known drought of the past 800 years - and how it sparked the Global Famine that claimed the lives of 50 million people. The scientists warn that the Earth's current warming climate could spark a similar drought, but even worse. 

One of the lead researchers, Deepti Singh, a professor in WSU's School of the Environment, used rainfall records and climate reconstruction models to characterize the environmental conditions leading up to the Great Drought, a period in the mid-1870s known for widespread crop failures across Asia, Brazil, and Africa. The drought was connected to the most extreme manifestation of the El Nino supercycle ever recorded. 

"Climate conditions that caused the Great Drought and Global Famine arose from natural ....

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