Was the heat wave experienced by the east coast earlier this month the result of climate change? It’s impossible to say since climate change isn’t defined by single events, but rather long term (thirty years or more) averages and frequencies. What we can say is that conditions experienced during the heat wave may be a taste of summers to come if the frequency of days with high temperatures around 100 °F increases, as is expected to happen with increasing average global temperatures.
Agriculture is one of the most vital sectors in the world, and it is also one of the most vulnerable to climate change. The changing weather patterns are leading to unpredictable rainfall, droughts, and floods, which are severely impacting crop yields. In developing countries, where the majority of