Scientific studies strongly suggest that rice crops in Asia will be negatively affected by higher nighttime temperatures associated with global warming. Asian countries like China and Indonesia account for 90% of the rice grown and eaten around the world, and this crop is a staple part of the diet of millions of people in this region. So far, an average increase in nighttime temperatures of 1.1 degrees Celsius has been shown to decrease rice yield by 10%. Don’t let anyone tell you that a temperature increase of one or two degrees doesn’t present a serious problem: in some parts of the world, it could mean the jeopardizing of an essential food source.
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