Today’s quick hits, Jan. 6, 2022

Hotter, drier: A new study projects that more than 90 percent of the world’s population will face extreme heat and drought, potentially widening social inequalities and undermining the ability to reduce CO2 emissions. (Nature Sustainability)

Dire warning: On Thursday, dozens of researchers warned the state legislature that the Great Salt Lake will vanish within five years, releasing unprecedented levels of toxic dust into Utah’s largest city. They also said the state has only “months” to fix the problem. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Food shortages to worsen: Unless global leaders intervene, the food shortages of 2022 will worsen this year, said the head of the UN World Food Program, who fears “mass destabilization around the planet.” (Devex)

Farmers back raw milk: The Wisconsin Farm Bureau decided at its annual convention to support the sale of raw milk, a reversal of a decades-old policy in the No. 2 state for milk production. (Food Safety News)

Bipartisan farm listening session: Seven House Republicans and three Democrats are expected to attend an unofficial listening session Saturday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The event was arranged by Rep. Glenn Thompson, the House Agriculture chairman-elect. (FERN’s Ag Insider)