Gallery: Climate Change Could Wipe Out Coffee by 2080


Coffee lovers, hold onto your cup; our beloved Arabica beans could face extinction due to climate change. A new study from Kew Gardens has shown that both rising tides and temperatures world-wide could render a whopping 99.7 percent of popular bean-growing regions unable to support the crop. Although the effect would not be immediate, the study found that climate change could cause the world’s predominant coffee crop to be extinct by 2080.

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  1. macdoodle November 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I hear that when the sunspots leave in 10 years, things should calm down. Since there are already many alternate growing techniques on the horizon I suspect we will see long term stability in supplies of most basics after a period of adjustment.
    Unless we keep up the current birthrates, as more people than the planet can support is an ongoing problem not being dealt with. Religious orgs and Corporations need more consumers and low wage workers and there is no consensus on how to fight against those two powerful forces, to create a world wide priority to voluntarily only produce children the families can feed and educate and the planet can support.
    Debate welcome :)

  2. feline74 November 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    One way to protect important plants like this in the years to come–plant them in areas at the colder fringes of their habitable zones.

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