Protein risk for millions from rising CO2 emissions – study

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Last update 16:20 | 04/08/2017

About 150 million people risk a significant loss of protein if carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise, leaving children in the worst-affected countries more vulnerable to death and disease, according to new research.

Today, 76 percent of the world’s population gets most of its protein from plants, but higher CO2 emissions will reduce the amount of protein – as well as iron and zinc – in a range of staple crops, said researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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