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Thailand: Global Warming Hits Rice Bowls

A deal to steer the world away from catastrophic climate change was struck last December, and the goal is to limit global warming to under 2 deg C above pre-industrial levels. Nations have until April next year to sign it, and Singapore will do so in New York next month. But even as the world moves to cut the use of fossil fuels and curb greenhouse gas emissions, it is experiencing the escalating effects of climate change. The Straits Times launched a four-part series in its Science pages on March 4 to highlight aspects of climate change, ranging from its effects on habitats to measures that cities take to mitigate the effects of prolonged rain or dry spells. Today, in the final part of this weekly series, we look at the effects of climate change on something close to the hearts of Singaporeans: food. Study predicts more intense and frequent variations in global food production due to climate shocks.


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