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LONDON – All global cotton growing regions could be exposed to increased risk from at least one climate hazard within 20 years, claims new research. Funded by Laudes Foundation, the study claims the six highest cotton-producing countries – India, USA, China, Brazil, Pakistan and Turkey – will likely be exposed to increased climate risk, particularly from wildfire, drought and extreme rainfall.

The study, said to be the first of its kind focused on cotton and climate risks, found the highest climate risk overall is projected for north-western Africa, including northern Sudan and Egypt, and western and southern Asia.

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