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Can scientists save your morning cup of coffee?

The Economist writes about how a warming climate may impact coffee.

The C3 Take
  • The world drinks two billion cups of coffee per day and coffee growing regions will likely be hit hard by extreme heat.
  • Scientists are looking for solutions to save caffeine which include moving coffee plants to higher elevations or forests, where they used to grow before the 20th century.
  • Rediscoveries of beans C. stenophylla and Coffea dewevrei which are more resistant to heat and invasive species may also help keep people caffeinated in a warming world.

“Temperatures are rising and rainfall patterns shifting across South America, central Africa and South-East Asia, where most of the world’s coffee is grown. By the end of the century between 35% and 75% of the coffee-growing land in Brazil, the world’s biggest producer, could be unusable, according to a recent paper published in Science of the Total Environment by Cássia Gabriele Dias, an agricultural engineer at the Federal University of Itajubá, in Brazil.”

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