12 Apr '11, 3pm

Declining Coffee Production Is Climate Change's Canary In the Coal Mine : TreeHugger

Declining Coffee Production Is Climate Change's Canary In the Coal Mine : TreeHugger

Meanwhile, the decreased production of the coffee industry is serving as the proverbial canary in the coal mine. Central American and South American coffee production dropped 70 percent last year. A presentation on the impact of climate change on Central American coffee production says that Central America is "one of the regions that is most likely to get both hotter and drier over the course of this century." The presentation cites studies of climate change over the last two to three decades in coffee growing areas of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras which indicates that the temperatures in the regions have increased between 0.2 and 1 degree Celsius. Rainfall in some of the areas decreased by up to 15 percent.

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