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A warmer world means more and hungrier insects chomping on crops and less food on dinner plates, a new study suggests. Insects now consume about 10 percent of the globe's food, but that will increase by 15 to 20 percent by the end of the century if climate change isn't stopped, said study lead author Curtis Deutsch, a University of Washington climate scientist.The researchers calculate additional losses of 48 million metric tons in wheat, rice and corn from hungry bugs if the temperature rises another 1.5 degrees Celsius from now.The same magnitude of warming – more than 4 degrees Celsius – is projected to occur with human-caused climate change, but may be in only 100 years or so, said study co-author Jonathan Overpeck, a University of Michigan climate scientist.
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