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Rising global temperatures to cause insect crop losses, food shortages: Study

Rising global temperatures to cause insect crop losses, food shortages: Study

Technology
Rising global temperatures are leading to a boom in the number of insects devouring crops worldwide, and could cause future food shortages, says a study published last week in the journal Science. According to researchers, the global yield losses of wheat, maize and rice crops to pests, particularly in the temperate northern regions of the globe, are projected to increase by 10 to 25 percent per degree Celsius increase of global mean surface warming. "The impact of insects because of climate change could be at least as great and perhaps greater than the impact of climate on crop itself directly," Josh Tewksbury, a research professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and one of the authors of the study, told ABC News. "The major finding is that we're underestimating the degree to w...
Global warming could spur more and hungrier crop-eating bugs

Global warming could spur more and hungrier crop-eating bugs

Technology
A warmer world likely means more and hungrier insects chomping on crops and less food on dinner plates, a new study suggests. Insects now consume about 10 percent of the globe's food, but that will increase to 15 to 20 percent by the end of the century if climate change isn't stopped, said study lead author Curtis Deutsch, a University of Washington climate scientist. The study looked at the damage bugs like the European corn borer and the Asiatic rice borer could do as temperatures rise. It found that many of them will increase in number at key times for crops. The hotter weather will also speed up their metabolism so they'll eat more, the researchers report in Thursday's journal Science . Their predictions are based on computer simulations of bug and weather activity. "There's going to...
Alicia, Ariana and other global stars who worshipped Aretha Franklin

Alicia, Ariana and other global stars who worshipped Aretha Franklin

Entertainment
Aretha Franklin's influence on music was profound during her lifetime, and since her death, pop stars have been opening up about the way the Queen of Soul shaped them as performers.On Thursday, Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande both performed renditions of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman during radio and TV interviews.Keys told Nicki Minaj while appearing on her radio show: "She's so special."She was able to touch so many people, divinely - she touched me." Skip Twitter post by @aliciakeys One of my GREATEST inspirations! The songs she gave us made us stronger and prouder. She empowered us!! We get to be inspired by her forever and now I’m going to write more songs...
Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

Finance
IT IS the summer of 1979 and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the everyman-hero of John Updike’s series of novels, is running a car showroom in Brewer, Pennsylvania. There is a pervasive mood of decline. Local textile mills have closed. Gas prices are soaring. No one wants the traded-in, Detroit-made cars clogging the lot. Yet Rabbit is serene. His is a Toyota franchise. So his cars have the best mileage and lowest servicing costs. When you buy one, he tells his customers, you are turning your dollars into yen.“Rabbit is Rich” evokes the time when America was first unnerved by the rise of a rival economic power. Japan had taken leadership from America in a succession of industries, including textiles, consumer electronics and steel. It was threatening to topple the ca...
'Dangerous complacency' to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

'Dangerous complacency' to global HIV epidemic risks resurgence

Health
A "dangerous complacency" in the response to the global HIV pandemic is risking a resurgence of the disease, according to a report. Experts said a stalling of HIV funding in recent years was endangering efforts to control the illness.As things stand, the world is no longer on course to end the pandemic by 2030 - a target agreed by UN member states, say experts in The Lancet. They call for urgent changes in how the disease is treated and controlled. HIV vaccine shows promise in human trial HIV life expectancy now 'near normal' 'Situation has stagnated'About 37 million people worldwide live with HIV or Aids. And there are an estimated 1.8 million new cases every year.New cases of HIV/Aids have been falling in recent years.But the Lancet Commission said the ...