SERIOUS MONDAY: WORKSHOPS UNDER PRESSURE

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The UK Met Office is holding workshops to look at the impact that an increasingly warm climate will have on animal and plant health in years to come.

Scientists say the arrival of Bluetongue disease in the UK recently is evidence that our changing climate is already impacting animal health and the Met Office is taking the lead in providing the advice and solutions that government and farmers will need to reduce the effects of climate change on animal and plant health.

This winter we have had very mild weather which has seen many plant species flowering far earlier than usual and experts say this is a taste of what we’ll see in the future.
Meanwhile, scientists at Stanford University suggest that climate change could cause severe crop losses in south Asia and southern Africa over the next 20 years.

They are predicting that by 2030, southern Africa could lose almost a third of maize production, its main crop, while losses of many regional staples, such as rice and millet could be more than 10 per cent in south Asia.

Susan

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