There are few things I enjoy in the world more than a hot cup of coffee.
I can easily say I am one of those people that would not be able to get through the week without coffee. It‚??s my survival tool and it gets me through the day. If someone told me that I would have to survive without coffee, I might freak out. Sadly, the idea of living without coffee is really not that far off. A new study says the extinction of coffee plants in the wild could happen as early as 2080, a direct result of a little thing called climate change.
According to a study by researches from the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, the wild Arabica coffee plant could go extinct as soon as 2080. Researchers used a computer to simulate the potential impact of climate change in regions where wild coffee plants grow and found that by 2080, global warming is likely to reduce the number of wild coffee growth anywhere from 65 to 100 percent.
The extinction of Arabica coffee is a startling and worrying prospect, Dr. Aaron Davis told Financial Times. Davis explained that average temperatures in areas where the plant grows have increased by nearly one-third of a degree, per decade, since the early 1960s.
While researchers found no specific model on how climate change would directly affect the growth, they are predicting that the quality and amount are both very likely to decrease as the Earth‚??s climate heats up.
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, explained Davis.
Most coffee is made from Arabica beans, which are grown in countries such as Ethiopia, Brazil, and Columbia, some of the world‚??s largest coffee-producing regions. Large scale deforestation in these countries can also accelerate the possibility of extinction for coffee plants. Arabica plants are not the main source of coffee production; however, they are a crucial part of commercial production. Arabica accounts for roughly 70 percent of coffee in the global market, including chains like Starbucks.
The dangers of climate change are becoming more and more clear every day. With monster storms hitting all parts of the world and temperatures completely out of whack, it‚??s safe to say that global warming is real. Let‚??s just hope we can reverse this serious issue before we lose our coffee!