The US government says coffee is among the most vulnerable crops to the effects of rising temperatures.
“Coffee’s a temperature-sensitive crop,” and the rising temperatures caused by increased greenhouse gas emissions “put the world’s coffee-growing regions at risk,” said Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency at the Council on Foreign Relations.
A 2012 study found that, under the best scenario, there would be 65% fewer growing locations for coffee plants 2080 and in the worst case, nowhere would be suitable.
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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