Another Reason to Hate Global Warming: Lousy Coffee

A new study shows that climate change may wipe out most wild Arabica coffee by 2080
Workers look for bad coffee beans at the Coffee Plantation Development Enterprise CPDE/ECX in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Photograph by Johan Bavman/Moment/Redux

Is the world’s coffee supply threatened by global warming? A recently published scientific study concludes that as much as 99.7 percent of wild Arabica coffee—the bean that accounts for 70 percent of the global market—may fall victim to rising temperatures by 2080. Farmers will still be able to cultivate Arabica coffee—at least for a while—but the bean’s genetic pool will be severely reduced.

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