A comforting thought, except for one thing

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Korea, Korean
So it's easy to imagine that on a warmer globe, the damage inflicted by more frequent and severe heat waves would be balanced by the agricultural benefits of warmer temperatures.A comforting thought, except for one thing: it's not true. (source)

This is from an article in TIME. This is about global warming and a food crisis.
What does the underlined phrase mean?
Is the thought true or not?
 
  • Starfrown

    Senior Member
    English - US
    According to the author, the thought is not true. Another way of expressing the underlined text is:

    "The thought would be comforting if it were true."

    Of course, this does not quite capture the force of the original.
     
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