A new study has found that climate change will greatly affect rice agriculture. If management practices and rice varieties remain the same, rice yields could decrease by one-third and emissions of methane from rice farms could increase by 58 percent. This could cause greenhouse gas emissions to more than double.
According to scientist Dr. Kees Jan van Groenigen, “This is important because rice paddies are one of the largest human sources of methane and rice is the world’s second-most produced staple crop.”
Read the full article from The New York Times’ Green Blog.