The IPCC report suggests a 2-degree Celsius increase in air temperatures could decrease rice yields by 5 percent to 12 percent in China.
In Bangladesh, it predicts rice production may fall by 10 percent and wheat production by 30 percent by 2050, while water shortages will become more common in India as the Himalayan glaciers decline.
The report says Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, but is not acting fast enough to stem the dire economic and environmental damage of greenhouse-gas emissions. It predicts that wheat may disappear on the African continent by the 2080s.
(AFP, AP, dpa)
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