Climate change and agriculture are interrelated processes, both of which take place on a global scale. Global warming is projected to have significant impacts on conditions affecting agriculture, including temperature, precipitation and glacial run-off. These conditions determine the carrying capacity of the biosphere to produce enough food for the human population and domesticated animals. Rising carbon dioxide levels would also have effects, both detrimental and beneficial, on crop yields. The overall effect of climate change on agriculture will depend on the balance of these effects.
The present book discusses relation between climate change and agricultural production. It discusses the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of global climate change on agriculture. It also examines such important issues as global food availability, food distributional effects, agricultural adaptation possibilities, and role of CO2 enrichment in agriculture. It is hoped that the insight and the erudition of the text serves well for all those concerned.