Climate is Out of Sync With Agriculture: Brown

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March 10 (Bloomberg) -- Lester Brown, President of Earth Policy Institute, discusses politics of climate change and the need to curb carbon emissions. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Is this about the california drought and climate change?

Are farmers pushing growing practices to the max?

California has a serious drought right now.

The larger issue is climate change.

Agriculture as it exists today in the world evolved over 11,000 years into a remarkable climate change.

How suddenly, the climate system is changing and with each hassing year, the agricultural -- passing year, the agricultural climate is out of sync.

This is creating problems for farmers.

When the temperatures go down.

The research from a team at stanford finds that for each one degree celsius rise in temperature, we get a 16% decline in grain yields.

The relationship between the climate and our food supply is sensitive.

We are beginning to see some of the effects of that on food prices.

The washington post is called to one of the most influential thinkers in the world on this issue.

You have written a number of books and won medals.

You studied and lectured at harvard.

Given what is happening right now, what do we do?

It is a bit late in the day.

We need to get serious about cutting carbon and missions.

That means shifting from using fossil fuels to using wind and solar and geothermal energy.

There are no other options.

We are so tied and accustomed to fossil fuels that it is difficult to break away.

We are seeing progress.

We have cut carbon admissions by 10% or 12% over the last several years.

We are in the right direction, but not fast enough.

There is an industry to push against anything you said.

With the recent route in the west, is there any bringing together of these two disparate parts of the debate?

One part is based on science and i am not sure what the other thing is based on.

Is it based on lobbying dollars?

Among other things.

Some political interpretations of things that i find difficult to understand.

I want to bring in our guest host, richard haass.

In terms of talking about securing food supply, is that tension between countries?

Do you see that increasing?

The resources that go into food supply, you think about territory and energy.

Water could become another source of friction or conflict in the world.

You can see that in parts of the middle east.

One is between countries.

There is increasing evidence that environmental degradation and water shortages are forcing migrations which are leading to state failure and internal conflict.

What is the mechanism or form that allows countries to come together and have substantive conversations in dealing with this?

There is nothing working.

Do you remember copenhagen?

That is not working.

That has failed.

Nicely frowned -- framed.

What can be the catalyst for an intelligent discussion?

When you say not working, h -- we went to copenhagen and that was a nice photo shoot.

What is the mexican that will get countries to deal with climate change?

Getting international agreement has been difficult.

My own sense is that major countries are going to move ahead on their own.

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