New Study: Warming Temperatures In China The ‘Main Factor’ Explaining Rising Crop Yields

In what shouldn’t even be news, scientists have discovered warmth and rising CO2 are beneficial to crops, whereas cold and falling CO2 lead to declines in crop production.

Scientists have determined the “main factor” directly improving post-1960 crop yields across China is a warming climate (Chen and Sun, 2024). Warming expands the growth area for late-maturing plant varieties, reduces damage from cold temperatures, and extends growing seasons.

The authors point to a link between warming, declining sea ice, the Arctic Oscillation, and East Asian winter monsoons. Then they extend these relationships to crop growth trends in China.

Rising CO2 and its photosynthesis enhancement is another factor driving China’s rising food production.

“The effect of Arctic sea ice on Chinese crop yield is an indirect process, while the main factor that really affects China’s crop yield directly is the local air temperature change. When the air temperature in China is high, the yield will show an increasing trend, and vice versa. [T]he change in thermal conditions may also reduce the low temperature and cold damage and increase the area of late-maturing crop varieties.”

“Besides, CO2 is an essential element of crop photosynthesis and a major climate change scenario construction indicator. Increasing CO2 concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere can increase the photosynthetic rate of crops, which directly stimulates crop growth and increases the dry matter content, resulting in increased food production.”

Image  Source: Chen and Sun, 2024

3 responses to “New Study: Warming Temperatures In China The ‘Main Factor’ Explaining Rising Crop Yields”

  1. oebele bruinsma

    “Rising CO2 and its photosynthesis enhancement is another factor driving China’s rising food production.”

    Who knew???

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  3. soundos

    great post for sharing

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