Climate Change Could Kill Off Coffee

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It seems that nothing really makes us sit up and take notice or actually do anything about climate change.Seemingly we could lose entire shorelines, developing nations could flood regularly ,low lying islands could disappear and even New York could be threatened.None of this seems to have any impact. But what about this ? 

wild arabica beans It now seems that wild Arabica coffee could be extinct in 70 years because of  rising temperatures as a result of climate change, according to research by Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and scientists in Ethiopia.

 

 

 

The situation poses a threat to all coffee – one of the world’s basic commodities, according to The Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous ArabicaCoffee (Coffeacoffee arabica): Predicting Future Trends and Identifying Priorities. The potential loss of the wild plant, which has  a far greater genetic diversity than farmed coffee, could make it harder for plantations to operate long term and fight off disease and insects, the report says.

“The scale of the predictions is certainly cause for concern, but should be seen more as a baseline, from which we can more fully assess what actions are required,” says Aaron Davis, head of coffee research at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

 

What's the thinking . Will this actually make us pay attention ? 

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