06 Oct '11, 5pm

Climate change threatens coffee: Chocolate: Wine: Beer:

Climate change threatens coffee: Chocolate: Wine: Beer:

The New York Times reports that over the last decade, coffee yields have plummeted "in many of Latin America's other premier coffee regions as a result of rising temperatures and more intense and unpredictable rains, phenomena that many scientists link partly to global warming." You've got to love that New York Timesian approach to tiptoeing around climate issues. Yes, "link partly". Please -- it's quite well understood that climate change is already having a devastating impact on crop yields around the world, for the myriad reasons cited right in this very article. Like, for instance, how the coffee growers' research organization Cenicafé recorded a 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature in Colombian coffee growing regions over the last 30 years -- and in the mountain regions, twice that. And, since warmer air holds more water vapor, rainfall has increased a staggering 25% ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/03/peak-coffee-incom...

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