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Corn crops affected by Texas drought, 2013 | Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images
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Hacking Earth's Atmosphere Won't Protect Crops From Global Warming

Pumping aerosols into the atmosphere might reduce incoming solar radiation, but it also reduces the amount of available sunlight.

University of California, Berkeley's Jonathan Proctor explains the pros and cons of solar geoengineering when it comes to crops.  | Stephen McNally video, Hulda Nelson graphics
While lower temperatures can improve crop yields, reduced sunlight reduces yields, negating the impact of shading the planet to lessen the impact of global warming. | University of California, Berkeley