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Climate extremes explain 18%-43% of global crop yield variations

CLEX researchers and colleagues from
Australia, Germany and the US have quantified the effect of climate extremes,
such as droughts or heatwaves, on the yield variability of staple crops around
the world.
Overall, year-to-year
changes in climate factors during the growing season of maize, rice, soy and
spring wheat accounted for 20%-49% of yield fluctuations, according to research
published in Environmental Research Letters.

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