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EEA briefing: Climate change adaptation is key to avoid disruption of EU agricultural commodities imports
Climate change is projected to affect agriculture in Europe, altering growing conditions, production patterns and yields, with impacts on prices, trade and regional markets, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing: 'Global climate change impacts and the supply of agricultural commodities to Europe’. Stepping up European Union support for international adaptation, together with trade diversification are key actions the EU can take to lessen the impacts of climate change on agricultural trade.
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Climate change threatens future of farming in Europe
Crop and livestock production is projected to decrease and may even have to be abandoned in parts of Europe’s southern and Mediterranean regions due to the increased negative impacts of climate change.
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Extreme climate events impact domestic and international agricultural prices
This Joint Research Centre study investigated the effects of extreme climatic events on agricultural commodity markets. It shows that if historical events, such as the 2003 European heatwave, occurred in the near future, the economic impact would be visible not only on regional crop yields and prices but also on international markets.
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European droughts in 2018: a warning of things to come
A recent Joint Research Centre article warns that the extreme drought conditions that affected central and northern Europe's 2018 spring/summer growing season could become the norm within 25 years, and calls for innovative adaptation measures to deal with extremes.
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Agriculture at risk in Italy: the potential impacts of climate change
The impacts of climate change might threaten agricultural productivity and food security in Italy. Those are the results of a study on a detailed dataset of 16,000 farms across Italy.
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European Food Safety Authority survey on climate change and risks for food safety
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a survey -opened until 07 March 2018- on climate change and emerging risks for food safety, including plant and animal health. Expert opinions on emerging issues for food safety potentially affected by climate change will feed a new method for identifying, ranking and prioritizing emerging risks in the EU for food/feed safety, as well as plant and animal health, potentially related to climate change.
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European wheat lacks climate resilience
Researchers have found that current breeding programs and cultivar selection practices do not provide the needed resilience to climate change.
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Quinoa handle dry conditions and shifting temperatures
The South American crop quinoa is suited to dry conditions and with a new cultivated variety, it can also be grown in Sweden. It is being tested by farmers in the southern part of Sweden, where longer periods of drought and higher temperatures await in a changed climate.
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New insights in Germany on drought and heat vulnerability
Too hot and too dry: the summer of 2018 saw losses in arable crops of up to 50 percent in some regions of Germany. As such weather extremes are likely to increase in the future, adapting agriculture to climate change is crucial. A German-led research study is providing new insights, which is published in the scientific journal "Nature Communications".
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New assessment reveals major climate risks to global food trade
The recently published report 'Climate change, trade, and global food security - a global assessment of transboundary climate risks in agricultural commodity flows' by the Stockholm Environment Institute, reveals in detail the climate risks to global trade in major agricultural commodities, and concludes that they pose a serious European and global challenge.
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