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Krugman Links Climate Change, Food Scarcity and Mideast Unrest


Torrence_Allison_COLORBy Allison A. Torrence



Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman recently wrote an article in the New York Times explaining his theory that climate change-caused food scarcity is triggering recent uprisings in the Middle East.  Krugman focuses his analysis on the impact that rising temperatures and severe weather have on the world’s food supply.  As has been widely reported, world food prices hit a record high in January.  This high price, Krugman opines, is due to “severe weather events [that] have disrupted agricultural production.”  Krugman analyzes the rising price of wheat as an example.  According to Krugman, wheat prices have almost doubled since the summer due to reduced production in Russia and other former Soviet countries.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the reduced wheat production in these countries has been caused largely by severe heat and droughts.   

TAGS: Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas, Sustainability, Water

PEOPLE: Allison A. Torrence