Wednesday, July 22, 2009

[Global warming] could ruin Calif. fruit, nut crops | Reuters
WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - Climate change could devastate tree crops such as walnuts, cherries, prunes and peaches in California's fertile Central Valley, researchers reported on Tuesday.

These kinds of trees require a certain amount of winter chill to be productive, and winters could be warmer than normal as climate change proceeds, scientists at the University of California-Davis and the University of Washington wrote in the the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE.
Frost damaged California peaches
The frost did a little bit more damage than we earlier expected," says Gary Van Sickle, director of research for the California Tree Fruit Agreement, which keeps tabs on the state's peaches, plums and nectarines. "But there will still be plenty of fruit."

California farmers will harvest an estimated 250,000 tons of peaches, the state's largest stone-fruit crop. That's a 16 percent drop from the 2008 crop, which was the second-largest in state history.
[IPCC head Pachauri preaches climate catastrophe, but resists CO2 cuts for his own country!]
Washington, Jul 22 (PTI) Supporting India's stand that it would not budge under pressure from the western world to accept emission reduction standards, noted environmentalist R K Pachauri today said New Delhi cannot be "pressurised" on the issue and asked the developed world to act first.
"I think it is a principled stand. What he (Ramesh) said is absolutely right. India cannot be pressured into taking commitments. There is no rational basis for asking India to do that," Pachauri, also the Chairman of the Noble prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told PTI in an interview.
2008: Climate change will affect food security: Pachauri
Guwahati (PTI): The earth is clearly facing a catastrophe of substantial dimension and lack of climate stability can have an impact on agriculture and food security, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr R K Pachauri, said on Tuesday.
"Meltdown of glaciers effect agriculture as well and food security is compromised. By 2020 there will be a 50 per cent reduction of agriculture in Africa effecting their people's survival", Pachauri said.

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