Climate Change and the Global Harvest: Potential Impacts of the Greenhouse Effect on Agriculture

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If the predictions of many atmospheric scientists on global warming are realized, the mean change in temperature of the earth's surface will rise by several degrees--a warming that is likely to trigger a series of changes affecting the hydrologic regimes of entire regions. These predictions have serious implications for the future of food production and global food security, which depend on the predictability of the climate and on the ability of farmers to adapt to changing conditions. Climate Change and the Global Harvest provides a comprehensive coverage of the interactions between global warming and agriculture, including the physiological effects of carbon dioxide enrichment on crops and the implications of increased temperature and demand for water.

This book explains what is known, and points out where uncertainties yet lie, in regard to the science of the greenhouse effect, the models used to predict global warming, and the significance of these forecasts for future agriculture. The authors take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on fields including climatology, agronomy, and economics, to elucidate the interplay of biophysical and socioeconomic factors in the ramifications of global warming. Agriculture everywhere is involved in the issue of climate change, and its impact on world food security brings international responsibility into play, affecting government policies as well as individual decisions. Climate Change and the Global Harvest informs students and professionals on how the climatic factors affecting agriculture may be modified in the future and what practical adaptations might be undertaken to prevent or overcome any adverse impacts on world agriculture.

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About the Author:

Cynthia Rosenzweig, Director and Professor, Center for the Study of Global Habitability, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Columbia University. Daniel Hillel, Professor of Plant and Soil Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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"A commendable feature of the book by Cynthia Rosenzweig and Daniel Hillel is their readiness to face the complex factors that will influence the agriculture of the future. . . .They are cautious in their approach, but their book must rank as the most integrated, informative and accessible
account of the complexities of this subject." --Peter D. Moore in Nature

"A key part of the controversy surrounding the consequences of global climate change lies in the inherent complexity of agroecosystems. Cynthia Rosenzweig and Daniel Hillel have done an excellent job of conveying this complexity. . . .I consider this book an excellent addition to my library
and recommend it to anyone who may find themselves in the position of lecturing or responding to inquiries on climage change and the global harvest. It has already been useful to me as a source of references, information, and ideas." --EOS

"Clearly, the subject matter of [this book] is timely. Have the authors met their objective of educating their readers to the intricacies of the problem and the alternatives of action as we currently can discern them? From the view of this reviewer, the authors have produced an excellent text
that will inform both the novice and the more enlightened. With the breadth of disciplines that are associated with understanding the problems of agriculture and the greenhouse phenomenon, one could easily conclude that no one could provide a comprehensive picture of the topic area. The authors have
proven this thesis to be in error and have done an excellent job of elucidating the state of our knowledge at this intersection of disciplines. Climate Change and the Global Harvest is recommended reading for all."--Soil Science

"A key part of the controversy surrounding the consequences of global climate change lies in the inherent complexity of agroecosystems. Cynthia Rosenzweig and Daniel Hillel have done an excellent job of conveying this complexity. . . .I consider this book an excellent addition to my library
and recommend it to anyone who may find themselves in the position of lecturing or responding to inquiries on climage change and the global harvest. It has already been useful to me as a source of references, information, and ideas." --Eos

"Chapters on effects of climate change on crop yields, pests, water resources and sea-level rise, food security, regional risks, economics and adaptation follow general chapters on global warming and agricultural emissions. . . . The main value of a cross-disciplinary book like this is the
instant entree granted into the literature. It is often hard to find basic background graphs that explain concepts or problems. It is also hard to find comparisons of responses from different investigators. All of these, and more, are found throughout the book--in fact, the table- and figure-dense
layout . . . is its best feature, especially for teachers. . . . Climate Change talks about global warming in a way that should help scientists . . . explain it to their colleagues, students and the public. . . . I would suggest this book for anyone who cares about the long-term weather forecast and
wants to not only talk about it but talk knowledgeably."--American Scientist

"Offers a corollary to the theorem that everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it, by pointing out that in fact people say one thing about the weather and do something else about it, particularly continue to contribute to global warming. Explores some of the complex
interactions among biophysical and socioeconomic factors that might affect agriculture in a greenhouse world, methodological issues involved in both simulation studies and field experiments, and some of the limitations and strengths of the methods used by researchers of climate-change
impacts."--SciTech Book News

"Climate Change and the Global Harvest summarizes state-of-the-art knowledge on the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture. This is a huge task for a single book, but the authors have managed to distil the many thousands of publications relevant to this topic into a very concise
and readable form. The book begins by introducing the nonspecialist to the causes of climate change, and reviews the main climate change drivers and impacts. It then goes on to review all major aspects of climate change impact on agriculture in detail. The scope is very broad indeed--the authors
consider agricultural greenhouse gas emissions; the effects of raised CO2 and climate change on crop yield (discussing in some detail the effects on vegetation); possible impacts on pests, weeds, and diseases; impacts on soils; and the effects on water resources and sea level rise. . . . I am sure I
will make much use of this book in years to come."--Journal of Environmental Quality

"This ten--chapter text presents information abut greenhouse gases, and it emphasizes potential impacts of climate changes on agricultural production. It discusses such topics as global warming, greenhouse effects, agricultural greenhouse gases, biomass burning, and physiological effects of
carbon dioxide enrichment."--BIOSIS

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