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Shorter growing season for sub-Saharan Africa – ILRI systems analyst Philip Thornton

‘. . . [T]he UK’s Royal Society has published detailed study of how the world will look when it is 4 °C warmer. . . .

‘Most of sub-Saharan Africa will see shorter growing seasons, according to Philip Thornton of the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, and colleagues. As a result, average maize production will drop 19 per cent and bean production by 47 per cent compared with current levels. . . .’

Read the whole article at New Scientist: Royal Society paints picture of a world 4 °C warmer, 29 November 2010.

Read Philip Thornton’s science paper in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Agriculture and food systems in sub-Saharan Africa in a 4 ° C + world, 29 November 2010.

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