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Climate Change Could Wipe Out Coffee Beans

Climate Change Could Wipe Out Coffee Beans

The sought-after Arabica coffee bean is becoming scarce, thanks to heat waves

It's not just corn crops that are being affected by climate change: new research shows that coffee beans are at even larger risk of a wipeout, thanks to rising temperatures and scarcer Arabica beans.

A new look into the coffee bean supply, by North Carolina State professor Meg Lorman, reveals some biological factors that threaten the world's coffee supply. The biggest concern? Bugs. The coffee borer, appropriately called la broca (the drill) in Latin America, now threatens coffee crops in Ethiopia, Lorman says. And for every 1.8 degree-increase in temperature, the coffee borer is 8.5 percent more infectious. And this is a bug that didn't even exist in Ethiopia 50 years ago -- which shows just how prevalent this dangerous bug is to coffee supplies worldwide.

And in Colombia and Brazil, where the most popular coffee bean, the Arabica bean, is grown, the story is no different. The Wall Street Journal reports that production of the Arabica bean is way down, nearly 36 percent over five years in Colombia. It's forcing some to look for new genetic strains of coffee beans that will survive the heat, said Patrick Criteser, chief executive of Coffee Bean International, to the WSJ, "The holy grail is a heat-resistant varietal that provides quality coffee... If we could develop that, it would solve a lot of our problems."

So what does the future of coffee look like with climate change looming? Shade-grown coffee, says Lorman. Producers are growing beans in the understory of forests, she says, so the coffee beans remain cooler. Although it's a bit pricier than normally grown coffee, "It is more sustainable for the environment, tastes better, and is less susceptible to outbreaks of coffee borers," she says.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


Five foods threatened by climate change

Climate change has already impacted most of us in one way or the other &ndash droughts, wildfires, floods &ndash and unprecedented weather events have wiped out homes and turned lives upside down all over the world. Even if you haven&rsquot experienced anything so dramatic, chances are you&rsquore feeling the pain at the supermarket, as certain foods become harder and harder for farmers to grow amid increasingly chaotic and extreme weather patterns.

Rising temperatures, acidifying oceans, and out-of-season storms are wreaking havoc on the flora and fauna that make up the human diet &ndash and the worst is almost certainly yet to come.

Coffee has long been high risk, as Arabica beans do not fare well in high heat, but the rediscovery of a rare coffee species in the wild spells good news for future brews. Coffea stenophylla tolerates hotter and drier conditions than its commercial counterparts and could yield climate-resilient cuppas for decades to come.

Not every crop is so lucky, and though it&rsquos hard to know definitively what effects climate change will have, there are several eminent edibles facing uncertain futures. Here are five foods that are threatened by climate change . . .

The big kahuna of climate-threatened crops, wheat accounts for around 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans, and is grown everywhere from Patagonia to Rajasthan. Climate change will bring droughts &ndash big, long, brutal ones &ndash which, according to a 2019 study, could affect 60 per cent of the world&rsquos wheat-growing areas.

2. Maple syrup

It&rsquos hardly a lunchtime staple, but maple syrup is a multimillion-dollar industry in North America, and a Canadian icon. The flow of maple sap &ndash the key ingredient in syrup &ndash is regulated by &lsquofreezing and thawing cycles&rsquo in late winter, and temperature changes are already causing problems.

American producers are already reporting earlier, more variable tapping seasons. A 2017 study suggested maintaining current US production would require an additional five million taps over the coming years.

At this point, it&rsquos probably not news that our oceans are in trouble. Thanks to rising CO2 levels, our seas are now 25 per cent more acidic than in pre-industrial times, which, combined with rising water temperatures, threatens all manner of marine species.

In the Mediterranean, sardines have lost around two-thirds of their average mass in the past decade in the Pacific, acidification is stunting the shell growth of oysters and other shellfish and in the North Atlantic, lobsters are moving north in search of colder waters, threatening other ecosystems and New England fishermen.

Seafaring fauna will not disappear overnight, but fish are famously slow to adapt, and it is hard to predict exactly what we&rsquoll lose when.

4. Chocolate
Chocolate may not be essential to our health, but many chocoholics will tell you it&rsquos essential for happiness.

Cacao trees are sturdy plants that can handle rising temperatures, but they can&rsquot handle an accompanying dip in water supplies. Under current conditions, temperatures in West Africa are likely to rise more than two degrees Celsius by 2050, which, without any increase in rainfall, will squeeze essential moisture out of the trees.

Longer dry seasons and less rainfall, as well as new pests and diseases, have reduced not just yields but quality.

A blockbuster study painted a pretty grim picture for leading cocoa-producers Ghana and Cote d&rsquoIvoire a decade ago, predicting major declines as early as 2030. In the short term, we may see price hikes. In the long term, chocolate may have to transition to new regions altogether.

Climate change is threatening the existence of wine.

A 2-degree Celsius temperature increase would shrink regions where wine grapes can be grown by 56% &ndash A 4-degree increase would threaten 85% of that land.

&mdash UberFacts (@UberFacts) November 27, 2020

If the prospect of rising wine prices doesn&rsquot unite humanity against climate change, nothing will. According to a 2020 study, a two degrees Celsius temperature rise by 2100 could ruin up to 56 per cent of suitable wine-growing soils, with Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon all potentially under the gun.

Co-author Benjamin Cook, from Columbia University, described wine grapes as &ldquothe canary in the coal mine&rdquo for climate change, thanks to their extreme climate sensitivity, and already-warm wine regions are naturally most at risk.

Which food group would you miss the most? Do you think we&rsquoll let climate change get that far? Share why or why not in the comments section below.

If you enjoy our content, don&rsquot keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.


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