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Increase in crop losses to insect pests in a warming climate

Crop losses at the hands of swarms of hungry insects could double by 2050 as bug populations thrive in the warmer temperatures brought about by climate change.  The crops set to be hit hardest include wheat, maize and rice - particularly in northern climates - say scientists behind the shocking new study.  The research predicts that pest-induced crop losses will rise by between 10 and 25 per cent for every 1°C (1.8°F) the planet's surface warms.  Farmers should begin grow heat- and insect-resistant produce now in order to prepare for the crop-hungry bugs, scientists warned.  Read more...



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