Had London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew released its heart-stopping study that concludes climate change could spell doom for the world’s favorite drug, we all might have taken this global warming thing a bit more seriously, but, alas, it may be too late.
Accounting for seventy percent of global coffee production, Arabica coffee grows in cloud forests that are particularly sensitive to environmental changes, and researchers who visited the Boma Plateau in South Sudan to assess the possibility of growing the plant there in the future were disheartened to find the wild varieties on which cultivated Arabica depend to remain resistant to disease were already in danger of dying off.
The prospects are “profoundly negative,” the study concluded [for Arabica]. Even in a best-case scenario, two-thirds of the suitable growing locations would disappear by 2080—and at worst, nearly 100 percent. And that’s factoring in only climate change, not deforestation.
Though Robusta coffee is more resistant to climate change, its strong taste would likely make the drink unpalatable to many coffee drinkers, and that’s just not something we can swallow.
Save the coffee!
Curse you, climate change!
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