Stronger rains in warmer climate could lessen heat damage to crops, says study

Read the full story from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Intensified rainstorms predicted for many parts of the United States as a result of warming climate may have a modest silver lining: they could more efficiently water some major crops, and this would at least partially offset the far larger projected yield declines caused by the rising heat itself.

Associated journal article: Corey Lesk, Ethan Coffel, Radley Horton. Net benefits to US soy and maize yields from intensifying hourly rainfallNature Climate Change, 2020; DOI: 10.1038/s41558-020-0830-0

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