Look, this comes from Lester Brown so there\’s obviously going to be something wrong with it. However, this is what they say:
The study, published in the journal Science, examined how rising temperatures affected the annual crop yields of all major producer nations between 1980 and 2008. Computer models were used to show how much grain would have been harvested in the absence of warming. Overall, yields have been rising over the last decades and the models took this into account. The scientists found that global wheat production was 33m tonnes (5.5%) lower than it would have been without warming and maize production was 23m tonnes (3.8%) lower.
So its a rather if my aunt had balls sort of analysis. We assume that increased temperatures will have a certain effect and here\’s the result of making that assumption.
Yes, there is more, this is from Lester, remember?
although the rise could be as low as 6.4% if the increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere strongly boosts plant growth and yields – a factor that is not well understood by scientists.
So their more remarkable results seem to include only the cost, not the benefits. Hmm.
Much more interesting though is, well, let\’s assume that they\’re correct and in good faith (Oh, c\’mon, this is Lester), well, how important is this?
So not very important at all then.