Global Warming and Agriculture

Impact Estimates by Country

William R. Cline

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Global Warming and Agriculture

Pub Date: July 2007

ISBN: 9780881324037

250 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $21.95£18.99

Pub Date: July 2007

ISBN: 9780881324808

250 Pages

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Global Warming and Agriculture

Impact Estimates by Country

William R. Cline

Peterson Institute for International Economics

How will global warming affect developing countries, which rely heavily on agriculture as a source of economic growth? William Cline asserts that developing countries have more at risk, such as their production capacity, than industrial countries as global warming worsens. Using general circulation models, Cline boldly examines 2071–99 to forecast the effects of global warming and its economic impact into the next decade. This detailed study outlines existing studies on climate change; Cline finds the Stern Report for the UK government's estimates most reliable; estimates projected changes in temperature, precipitation, and agricultural capacity; and concludes with policy recommendations. Cline finds that agricultural production in developing countries may fall an average of 16 percent, and if global warming progresses at its current rate, India's agricultural capacity could fall as much as 40 percent. Thus, policymakers should address this phenomenon now before the world's developing countries are adversely and irreversibly affected.
Bill Cline has been a pioneer in the study of the economic effects of global warming. His latest book on the effects on agriculture is of great importance and has provided another important landmark in the study of this crucial issue. Sir Nicholas Stern, I.G. Patel Chair, London School of Economics and Political Science
For too long environmentalists and earth scientists in the rich world have had an unforntunate near-monopoly on serious concern about climate change and its mitigation.This book will help change that. James Gustave Speth, dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

About the Author

William R. Cline has been a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 1981. During 1996–2001 while on leave from the Institute, Dr. Cline was deputy managing director and chief economist of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Washington, DC. From 2002 through 2011 he held a joint appointment with the Peterson Institute and the Center for Global Development, where he is currently senior fellow emeritus. Before joining the Peterson Institute, he was senior fellow, the Brookings Institution (1973–81); deputy director of development and trade research, office of the assistant secretary for international affairs, US Treasury Department (1971–73); Ford Foundation visiting professor in Brazil (1970–71); and lecturer and assistant professor of economics at Princeton University (1967–70). He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1963, and received his MA (1964) and PhD (1969) in economics from Yale University.