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For Immediate Release: November 15, 2007
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Ozone Alert: “Business as Usual” in Fossil-Fuel Burning May Cause Major Damage to Crops

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA — Rising greenhouse gas levels and global temperatures will generally benefit crop yields worldwide, but those gains may be more than offset by the detrimental effects of ozone accumulating near the Earth’s surface, report scientists from the MBL Ecosystems Center and the MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change.

Their study, published in the November issue of Energy Policy, predicts global crop yields will fall by nearly 40 percent by 2100 if no effort is made to limit the emission of greenhouse gases and ozone precursors, which are released by fossil-fuel burning...More >>>


Reilly, J., S. Paltsev, B. Felzer, X. Wang, D. Kicklighter, J. Melillo, R. Prinn, M. Sarofim, A. Sokolov, and C. Wang. 2007. Global economic effects of changes in crops, pasture, and forests due to changing climate, carbon dioxide, and ozone. Energy Policy 35: 5370-5383.

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Ben Felzer is a research associate at the MBL's Ecosystems Center

Geographical distribution of ozone (AOT40, ppm-h), mean monthly levels for June-August 1998.

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