The downside of European sun tans

From watching TV and catching up with a few rellies, it is is evident that even the most pastey-faced of Brits looks bronzed and healthy after the warmest summer in years. Indeed, it has been hard to avoid the hot sun in Europe, and this has not been without its cost.

A report released by the Earth Policy Institute last week, Record temperatures shrinking world grain harvest, states that the searing heat has caused considerable damage to European grain crops. In the Ukraine, for example, the heat caused wheat production to fall from 21 million tons last year to 5 million tons this year. A leading exporter last year, the Ukraine is now importing wheat as bread prices threaten to spiral out of control.