`How will Climate Change Affect Agriculture?

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Courtesy of Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Agriculture and climate change are inextricably linked—crop yield, biodiversity, and water use, as well as soil health are directly affected by a changing climate. Climate change, which is largely a result of burning fossil fuels, is already affecting the Earth’s temperature, precipitation, and hydrological cycles. Continued changes in the frequency and intensity of precipitation, heat waves, and other extreme events are likely, all which will impact agricultural production. Furthermore, compounded climate factors can decrease plant productivity, resulting in price increases for many important agricultural crops.

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