Briton says global warning may up hunger

April 14, 2006 at 12:53 PM
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LONDON, April 14 (UPI) -- Britain's top government scientist warns current global warming will raise temperatures enough to put 400 million more people at risk of hunger.

Professor David King, using computer predictions, said worldwide temperatures will soar more than 3 degrees Celsius(5.4 F) over the next decades, causing worldwide cereal crops to drop up to 400 million tons.

King's government report said a 3 degree Celsius rise would also create water stress among 1.2 billion to 3 billion people. The report said few ecosystems can adapt, while a fifth of coastal wetlands would be lost, reports the BBC.

Britain's Prime Minster Tony Blair has called for a global consensus on stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions, but the United States has refused to cut them, the report said.

King told the BBC: "What we are talking about here is something that will play through over decades -- we are talking 100 years or so. We need to begin that process of investment."

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