Climate change threatens food production in countries that need it most, study says

November 27, 2019

William Cheung, a 2017 Wall Scholar, was interviewed by Bob Weber about Dr. Cheung’s report on the effects of climate change on the world’s food production. Surprisingly, Canada is one of a few countries that could actually see an increase in food production despite rising greenhouse gases. Dr. Cheung cautions Canadians pointing to the interconnection of the world economies: “We are living in the same world. Everything is connected. Any country that thinks they would be able to isolate themselves from any problems or impacts in other countries is unrealistic.” Dr. Cheung describes his report as cautionary noting that the extreme symptoms of climate change can be mitigated if the Paris targets could be met. 

Dr. William Cheung is an Associate Professor and the Director (Science) of the Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC. His main research areas address the key challenges in understanding and predicting the responses of marine natural-human systems to global changes.