March 14th, 2011
The first EQUIP publication assessed uncertainty in both climate and crop response in order to quantify the impact of future droughts and heatwaves on crops. The study showed that large-scale crop failures of the kind that caused the Russian wheat crises of 2010 are likely to become more common. Results also demonstrated that the worst effects of these events on agriculture could be mitigated by adapting the varieties of crops grown, as well as through policy measures that support other forms of adaptation. The paper, which is freely available at
http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/5/3/034012/ , was widely reported in the media and led to interviews on local and national radio.