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The carcass of a cow is pictured in the town of Floresta, in Pernambuco State, January 29, 2014. This has been the hottest January on record in parts of Brazil, and the heat plus a severe drought has fanned fears of water shortages, crop damage and higher electricity bills.

Climate change will reduce crop yields sooner than we thought

Despite farm efforts at adaptation, yields are expected to decrease as much as 25 per cent in the second half of this century

A study led by the University of Leeds has shown that global warming of only 2 C will be detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions, with reduced yields from the 2030s onwards. Professor Andy Challinor, from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and lead author of the study,