29 May '11, 3am

DTN Singapore: Climate change to deal blow to fruits, nuts: Study: WASHINGTON - CLIMATE change is expected to al...

WASHINGTON - CLIMATE change is expected to alter the global industry in fruits and nuts dramatically as tree crops such as pistachios and cherries struggle in the rising temperatures, researchers said. A study said that even if polluters took greater action to cut carbon emissions, the impact of climate change will likely be severe enough that the nearly US$100 billion- (S$124 billion-)a-year fruit and nut industry needs to reassess planning. Trees in temperate regions evolved to need a chilly period so they can grow in the spring. Rising temperatures pose a special problem for temperate but comparatively warm areas where the winter chill is already in short supply. The study, published in May by the online journal PLoS One, expected fruit and nut trees to be highly affected in California, the southeastern United States, China's Yunnan province and southern and south-weste...

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