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CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS

Food system collapse

Food security is uncertain under future climate change, but is there a threat of food system collapse? Now research assesses the probability of weather hazards occurring at the same time in the world’s major breadbaskets and reveals that the weather-related component of this risk could be increasing.

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Fig. 1: Crop failure.

Top left (heat-stressed wheat): Robert Smith / Alamy Stock Photo; top right (snow-covered maize): Deb Perry/Moment Open/Getty; bottom left (drought-stricken soy): Drbouz/E+/Getty; bottom right (flooded rice): Zoonar GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

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Mehrabi, Z. Food system collapse. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 16–17 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-019-0643-1

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