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Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures.

As climate change drives higher temperatures and more frequent droughts around the world, many predict severe threats to agriculture and food security.

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One of the most important consequences of climate change will be its effect upon global agriculture and food supply.

The world’s food supply sits at a precarious balance. Swings in agricultural production due to drought or extreme heat can lead to spiking food prices, ecological damage, civil unrest, and other severe consequences. In a recent talk, the CI's Joshua Elliott estimated that these “once-in-a-century” threats may be far more frequent in the future, necessitating global protective measures.

More and more scientists are focusing their attention on how climate change will affect crop yield, farming practices, and food security for the world, and the massive implications for economics and health. Research on these important topics by Joshua Elliott of RDCEP is heavily featured in “Climate Change and Food Systems,” a new, free-to-download book published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Climate change is a global process that affects everyone on Earth. However, until recently, the tools used for climate change research and the data driving and produced by those studies was accessible to only a small portion of the population. Last week, as part of RDCEP’s Discovery Engines: Under the Hood workshop series, David Kelly and Michael Glotter taught an audience of researchers and students how they can use new available climate data and tools. 

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The greatest scientific challenges of our time aren't contained by national borders.

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Today, the White House announced the latest branch of its Climate Data Initiative, focusing on new open datasets and tools for two important components of climate change: ecosystem resilience and water. As with a previous call for new climate research resources, scientists from the CI's Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) will support these efforts with a new project focused on the role and future of irrigation in agriculture, hydrology, and climate. 

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When it comes to studying climate change, most of the focus is on greenhouse gases that absorb radiation and warm temperatures at the Earth’s surface.

One of the most valuable weapons we have against climate change is data.