Still think “climate change” is just an academic curiosity?

A study conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK), in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia, reports that climate change alone could lead to the extinction of wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica) well before the end of this century.”

Not so smug now, are you?

(I trust I do not have to explain the importance of coffee to information security …)

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  • Eric

    What they ignored (focusing on existing growing areas endangered) is that global warming will create new growing areas in turn where the coffee plants do not thrive today but will in the warmer climate. An example, if you will, of missing the forest for the trees. If this is an example of the rigor of climate change science, no wonder that it has its skeptics..

    • Arik

      …and of course, just like in a strategy game, all we need to do is grow more coffee in the new places and stop growing it in the old places.

      Hint: group-tag all the people who live in North Africa and shift-right click on the new location; then select “migrate” from the menu.

      – Arik

  • jah

    From the linked article: “It is hoped that the study will form the basis for developing
    strategies for the survival of Arabica in the wild. The study identifies
    a number of core sites, which might be able to sustain wild
    populations of Arabica throughout this century, serving as long-term in
    situ storehouses for coffee genetic resources”.