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Rising CO2 levels could leave as many as 200 million people worldwide malnourished

Rising levels of carbon dioxide could be putting millions of people at risk for nutritional deficiencies, a new study has found.  Researchers say that high amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere decrease the concentrations of vital vitamins and minerals such as protein, iron, and zinc in crops.  In 2016, global emissions of CO2 reached record highs, measuring at 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in modern history.  The team, from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, warns that if emissions continue at this level, it could result in 175 million people becoming zinc deficient and 122 million people becoming protein deficient by 2050.  Read more...

 

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