Climate change is already causing major problems- flooding, drought, and life-threatening storms, to name only some; the wrath of hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria in the Caribbean and along the gulf coast, along with recent extreme monsoon flooding in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal attest to this.
We know too that, beyond what we are able to predict, there may be a host of unforeseen consequences from climate change, particularly as the earth’s global average surface temperature creeps past 1.5 deg. C.
Can we guess, for instance, what might be happening to some of our main food sources as this global experiment continues? We know that climate change alters plant-ecosystem interactions, and that crop production is highly dependent on things like soil quality, water availability, temperature stability, pollinating insects, and carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the atmosphere. Striking a healthy balance between these resources is very important.