chapter  5
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Food Provisioning and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most urgent global environmental problems. Rising temperatures and sea levels and increasingly volatile weather conditions may threaten the livelihoods of many people. At the same time, global warming is, at least in part, the consequence of human behaviour. Scientific experts organized in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in their latest report that ‘most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic [GHG] concentrations’ (IPCC, 2007, p39).