‘Climate change means less water, less food’

April 12th, 2008 - 11:36 am ICT by admin  

By Joydeep Gupta
New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Rainfall in India and other tropical and sub-tropical countries has gone down from the 1970s due to global warming, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predicting that food supplies will also go down in these regions. Climate change means more evaporation of fresh water, changing rainfall patterns, reduced snow cover and widespread melting of ice and changes in soil moisture and runoff, all becoming highly probable, says the latest report by the UN body.

This would have “wide-ranging consequences on human societies and ecosystems”, says the IPCC, the organisation that shared the Nobel Peace Prize last year for its seminal fourth assessment report that has focussed world attention on the menace of climate change.

“Over the 20th century precipitation has mostly increased over land in high northern latitudes, while decreases have dominated from 10

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